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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

In the name of ISLAM: children again* taken hostage

At the moment, I don't trust myself  to make any comments other than to ask:

Can it get any worse?

Pour la première fois depuis leur enlèvement, les sept otages français capturés mardi dernier au Cameroun apparaissent dans une vidéo postée sur Internet. On y voit les trois adultes et les quatre enfants de la famille Moulin-Fournier. A leurs côtés, trois de leurs ravisseurs dont les visages sont cachés. Ils affirment appartenir au groupe terroriste islamiste nigérian Boko Haram.

L'un d'eux s'adresse au président nigérian en lui demandant la libération de leurs femmes emprisonnées. Il exige par ailleurs du président camerounais qu'il relâche leurs frères détenus dans ce pays.

Sitôt la vidéo postée, une réunion d'urgence s'est tenue à l'Elysée autour du président François Hollande, avec les ministres concernés.

The French text (above) reads: 

For the first time since their abduction, the seven French hostages, kidnapped last Tuesday in the Cameron, appear on a video posted on the Internet. On this video one can see the three adults and the four children of the Moulin-Fournier family. At their sides are three of their abductors with their faces hidden. They confirm that they belong to the Nigerian ISLAMIST terror group, Boko Haram.

Their demands addressed to  the Nigerian president  is the release  of their wives and  brothers in that country. 

Immediately after the posting of this video, an emergency meeting between the French president, Francois Hollande and his relevant ministers is held at the Palais de l'Elysee. 

Additional information from this French information site:

Under duress, Mr. Tanguy Moulin-Fournier, the father of the family, points out that their captors belong to the Nigerian islamist group Boko Haram, and says:

"We have been arrested by Ahlis Sunnah Lādda'awatih wal-Jihad [Boko Haram]. They demand the release of the brothers  of  Ahlis Sunnah Lādda'awatih wal-Jihad jailed in Cameron. They demand the release of the wives of Ahlis Sunnah Lādda'awatih wal-Jihad jailed in Nigeria". 

One of the captors then threatens in Arabic to kill the hostages, if the demands of the group are not met.

The black flag of the jihadists in the back ground  shows  the inscription:  "There is no god but allah and mohamed his prophet". The group, known as Boko Haram is a radical islamist group who wants to impose Sharia in the north of Nigeria.

P.S.: I have just seen a nearly  8 minutes  long interview with the French Minister for defence, Jean-Yves Le Dian, about this tragedy. Willfully blind to the elephant in the room and obviously a gold medallist in evasive language, he managed to avoid the word "Islam" despite his verbosity, or perhaps because of it.

*) Lets NEVER EVER  forget the children of Beslan

...nor the little Jewish children massacred in Paris to the shouts of allah uakbar

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