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Seven French hostages kidnapped in Cameroon were freed on Thursday, according to French media.

French TV channel BFM reported that the family were discovered in an abandoned house in the small Nigerian town of Dikwa, roughly 100 kilometres from where they were taken.They were reported to be safe with Nigerian government forces.

The French nationals were abducted in Dabanga about 10 km (six miles) from the Nigerian border near the Waza national park, where they had spent the night in the extreme north of Cameroon.

French Nationals released

The parents of the family, which included two boys and two girls as well as another relative, worked for French utility firm GDF Suez.
The men on motorcycles, armed with Kalashnikovs, intercepted the family in their carĀ  and forced them to drive to the nearby Nigerian border, an aide to the governor of the province told Reuters.