February 19, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Boko Haram, one of Africa's many al-Qaeda affiliates [this one based out of oil-rich Nigeria] has stooped to a new low.
There are reports just coming in that 7 French nationals including 4 children were kidnapped Tuesday from their location in Nigeria's normally quiescent neighbor, Cameroon.
As today UK Telegraph reports:
"Francois Hollande, the French president, pointed the finger at al-Qaeda allied fundamentalist group Boko Haram, based in neighbouring Nigeria, blaming them for the kidnapping Tuesday.
The seven hostages were taken from Cameroon's far north close to the Waza National Park and Lake Chad, both attractions for tourists on adventure holidays. The semi-arid area lies alongside the border with Nigeria, and Islamist strongholds in towns there, including Maiduguri, are less than 100 miles to the west..." [source, Mike Pflanz, French children kidnapped 'by Boko Haram' in Cameroon]
For the record, the Telegraph is one of the few remaining credible legacy MSM news sources. In a day when news from Africa is spotty at best, unless one digs for it intentionally, the Tele actually maintains a West African desk - my guess is that Mr. Pflanz knows more about what is going on in Western Africa than does the entire State Dept. section combined.
The exact status of the adults and kids as we go to press is not clear, though one would hope that at least the children might be spared Boko Haram's gruesome slice-'em-and-dice-'em approach. Unfortunately we have learned from previous experience with African terrorism that no atrocity is out of bounds when it comes to these fanatical Islamic butchers.
We will of course keep our readers posted as to further developments when they become available.
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