French Cameroon hostages' freedom unconfirmed

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After reports from a French government minister that they had been rescued, the fate of a family of seven kidnapped in Cameroon remains unclear.

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There is uncertainty over the fate of a French family kidnapped in Cameroon, after unconfirmed reports they had been freed, reports the BBC.

"They are safe and well" after being rescued in Nigeria, a Cameroonian military source was quoted as saying.

A French minister confirmed the news, before backtracking, and a Cameroonian minister has now denied it.

French President Francois Hollande has speculated they were taken by the violent Islamist group Boko Haram.

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.

They had been returning from a visit to Waza National Park - which is described as a beautiful landscape, trodden by giraffes, elephants and antelopes - where they had spentd the previous night.

The family are reported to live in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, where the father worked.

The French government has said it believes they were taken across the border into Nigeria following their abduction.

On Thursday morning French media began to report that they had been found in Nigeria.

Read more of this report from the BBC.

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