Voice of America (Washington, DC)

Cameroon: French Priest Freed After Cameroon Kidnapping

A French priest kidnapped in northern Cameroon last month has been set free.

In a statement Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande thanked authorities in Cameroon and Nigeria for their help in securing the release of the Reverend Georges Vandenbeusch.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was traveling to Cameroon to bring Vandenbeusch back home.

The priest was abducted November 13 near the town of Koza, about 30 kilometers from the border with Nigeria.

France's Foreign Ministry said it had told him to leave that area because of security concerns, but that the priest decided to stay in order to remain close to the local population for his mission.

His case was the second abduction involving French nationals in northern Cameroon this year. A family of seven was kidnapped and later released.

Six French citizens continue to be held hostage in Mali and Syria.

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