Reacting to the abduction of seven members of a French family Tuesday in the northern part of Cameroon, the French embassy here Wednesday issued a travel alert to its citizens in the Central African country.
A communiqué released by the French embassy urged French citizens in the northern part of Cameroon, near the border with Nigeria, to relocate if their stay there is not absolutely necessary.
The Cameroonian Minister of Foreign Relations, Joseph Dion Ngute, said the seven Frenchmen were abducted in Sabongari, located seven kilometres from the town of Dabanga by the main national highway along land border between Cameroon and Nigeria.
According to the communique, the abductors have taken their hostages across the border.
The Cameroonian government says efforts are underway to ensure the safety of foreigners resident in Cameroon, including tourists.