|Published:||Nov 17, 2013 7:27 AM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 17, 2013 7:42 AM EST|
PARIS (AP) - France's president says a Frenchman held hostage in Nigeria for 11 months is free.
The president's office offered no details in the Sunday statement announcing the liberation of Francis Collomp, an engineer abducted the night of Dec. 19, 2012, after 30 men stormed his house in the Sahelian north. It noted that seven French citizens remained captive in Syria, Mali and Nigeria.
On Wednesday, a French priest was abducted in Cameroon, and French President Francois Hollande said he was likely taken to Nigeria. The Nigerian Islamic militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility.
Hollande thanked Nigeria and said he was sending his foreign minister there to greet Collomp, 63.
Last week, the U.S. labeled Boko Haram and splinter group Ansaru, which said it seized Collomp, as terrorist organizations.