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German Foreign Ministry says man believed kidnapped by Boko Haram in Cameroon has been freed

  • CAPTION CORRECTS THE NAME - Robert Nitsch Eberhard, a German citizen abducted and held hostage by suspected  Boko Haram militants, is seen as he arrives at the Yaounde Nsimalen International airport after his release in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Germany's Foreign Ministry says a German man believed to have been kidnapped in Cameroon by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has been freed. (AP Photo/Moki Edwin Kindzeka)

    CAPTION CORRECTS THE NAME - Robert Nitsch Eberhard, a German citizen abducted and held hostage by suspected Boko Haram militants, is seen as he arrives at the Yaounde Nsimalen International airport after his release in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Germany's Foreign Ministry says a German man believed to have been kidnapped in Cameroon by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has been freed. (AP Photo/Moki Edwin Kindzeka)  (The Associated Press)

  • German citizen Robert Nitsch Eberhard, center, as he arrives at the Yaounde Nsimalen International airport, after he was abducted and held hostage by suspected  Boko Haram militants in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. A German man who was kidnapped by the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group in July and freed said Wednesday he never knew if he would survive the ordeal. Looking haggard and with a long blond-gray beard and wearing a blue-and-white Adidas track jacket, Robert Nitsch Eberhard was flown to Yaounde, Cameroon's capital, from Maroua in northern Cameroon in a military flight. (AP Photo/Moki Edwin Kindzeka)

    German citizen Robert Nitsch Eberhard, center, as he arrives at the Yaounde Nsimalen International airport, after he was abducted and held hostage by suspected Boko Haram militants in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. A German man who was kidnapped by the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group in July and freed said Wednesday he never knew if he would survive the ordeal. Looking haggard and with a long blond-gray beard and wearing a blue-and-white Adidas track jacket, Robert Nitsch Eberhard was flown to Yaounde, Cameroon's capital, from Maroua in northern Cameroon in a military flight. (AP Photo/Moki Edwin Kindzeka)  (The Associated Press)

Germany's Foreign Ministry says a German man believed to have been kidnapped in Cameroon by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has been freed.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said the man, whose name was not released, is now in safety in Cameroon's capital. He refused to specify how the man was released, and said he did not have details of his condition, beyond that he was healthy enough to be transported.

The man was kidnapped last July, allegedly by the Nigerian-based Boko Haram group, though it remains unclear where he was seized.

Schaefer said a crisis team had been working on the case for months, and he thanked the Cameroon government for its "very good and trusting" cooperation during the ordeal.