Last Tuesday on the 19th of February, a French family vacationing in Northern Cameroon was kidnapped at gunpoint by the Nigerian-based Islamist group, Boko Haram. The family was spending time at the Waza National Park, a popular tourist destination, when five armed men armed with AK-47s kidnapped the victims from the town of Dadanga and drove them across the border into Nigeria.

The victims include the father, Tanguy Moulin-Fournier, his wife Albane, and their four young boys who have been living in Cameroon’s capital of Yaoundé since 2011. The seventh man, Cyril Moulin-Fournier, is the brother of Tanguy and uncle to the four children. The kidnapping of the Moulin-Fournier family marks 15 French Nationals being held hostage by Islamic groups throughout Africa, seven of whom are believed to be held captive in Northern Mali.

French SOF Arrive in Cameroon Following Kidnapping of Family