French priest kidnapped in Cameroon

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Georges Vandenbeusch, who was seized at Koza about 30km from the Nigerian border, had chosen to remain in the area despite the risks.

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A French priest has been kidnapped in northern Cameroon close to the border with Nigeria, the French foreign ministry says, reports the BBC.

Georges Vandenbeusch was seized in the early hours of Thursday in Koza, about 30km (19 miles) from the border.

"We are working with Cameroonian authorities to secure his release," French officials said in a statement.

The Nigerian Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, is known to operate in the area.

France says it warned people that the area was dangerous but that "Father Georges chose to remain in his parish to carry out his work".

Earlier this year, seven members of a French family - four of them children - were abducted by Islamist militants and held hostage for two months.

Read more of this report from the BBC.

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