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'Kidnapped French father' makes appeal in video

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'Kidnapped French father' makes appeal in video
An image of the kidnapped family taken from a video released last month. Photo:AFP
15:13 CET+01:00
A man identified as the father of a kidnapped French family has spoken on a video obtained by AFP on Monday, which claimed to be a recording made by Nigeria's Islamist rebels Boko Haram.

In the recording the man appears to read from a statement pleading for the French ambassador to work for their release.

He identifies himself as Tanguy Moulin-Fournier and reads the statement in French and in English, detailing the family of seven's February 19 kidnapping in Cameroon, which he says occurred "25 days ago."

The recording obtained by AFP is only audio, though it was said to have been taken from a video.

The man says the family was abducted by Jamaatu Ahlisunnah Lidda'awatiwal Jihad, what the Nigerian Islamist extremist group known as Boko Haram has said it wants to be known as.

He says the conditions of their capture have becoming increasingly difficult, specifically mentioning the four children, saying the youngest was four years old.

He repeats previous Boko Haram demands made in a YouTube video posted online in February calling for the release of prisoners in Cameroon and Nigeria.

The more than three-minute video shows the family, including four children, held in an undisclosed location, surrounded by at least three of the abductors from the Nigerian group whose faces are hidden.

A source close to the family confirmed their identities to AFP. It was not clear when the video was made.

Cameroon has said the victims, which included the couple, their children and an uncle, were taken over the border into restive northeastern Nigeria after their abduction, though their precise whereabouts have remained unknown.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius held talks with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on Saturday on efforts to free the family. Fabius had visited Cameroon the previous day.

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