France announces release of priest kidnapped in Cameroon

31st December 2013, Comments 0 comments

French President Francois Hollande announced Tuesday the release of a Roman Catholic priest who was captured in Cameroon six weeks ago.

Georges Vandenbeusch, 42, was kidnapped in northern Cameroon and reportedly taken by Islamist militants to Nigeria in mid-November.

Hollande expressed his thanks to the Nigerian and Cameroonian authorities for helping secure the priest's release, and specially thanked Cameroon's President Paul Biya for his "personal involvement".

"He was released in the early hours of this morning in northern Cameroon," a French diplomatic source said.

The November 13 kidnapping was claimed by banned Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram.

© 2013 AFP

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