Skip to comments.Nigeria's Boko Haram 'got $3m ransom' to free hostages
Posted on 04/26/2013 6:09:33 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
Islamist militant group Boko Haram was paid more than $3m (£2m) before releasing a French family of seven, a Nigerian government report says.
The confidential report, seen by Reuters news agency, does not say who paid the money.
Both France and Cameroon deny paying a ransom while Nigeria has not commented on the issue.
The French family, including four children, were captured in Cameroon in February and freed last week.
The were handed over to the Cameroon authorities last Thursday.
The Nigerian report also says that Cameroon freed some Boko Haram detainees as part of the deal, according to Reuters.
If confirmed, transfer of such a significant amount of money given to Boko Haram could serve to strengthen the firepower of the group, the BBC's Will Ross in Lagos reports.
Over the past week, violence in northern Nigeria has escalated as suspected members of Boko Haram have targeted the army and police. Reports say more than 200 civilians have died in the violence.
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1 dead and 1 captured goes a long way towards cooling things off
whups wrong thread
Not just France. We will see it here soon, i believe. Terrorists want the blind sheik