A French family of seven kidnapped in Cameroon earlier this week have been freed and rescued in Nigeria, a French government minister says.
“They are safe and well,” a Cameroonian military source is quoted as saying.
The three adults and four children were seized during a holiday, causing alarm in France and prompting it to warn all French citizens to leave the area.
French President Francois Hollande speculated they had been taken by the violent Islamist group Boko Haram.
But on Thursday morning, French minister Kader Arif confirmed media reports that they had been released.
The family – a couple, their children aged five, eight, 10 and 12 and an uncle – were snatched on Tuesday in northern Cameroon by six gunmen on three motorbikes, the French news agency AFP reports.
The French government had said it believed they had been taken across the border into Nigeria – apparently confirmed by the news of their release.
“They were found abandoned in a house in Dikwa” in Nigeria, about 100km [60 miles] from the border with Niger, a senior Cameroonian officer told AFP.