French officials say French parish priest kidnapped in Cameroon in known terror zone

The French Foreign Ministry says a French priest has been kidnapped from his northern Cameroon parish, located in a region where the terror group Boko Haram is known to operate.

A statement by the French Foreign Ministry said that Georges Vandenbeusch was kidnapped early Thursday in Koza, in the extreme north of the country, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the border with Nigeria.

The statement said the zone has been flagged as a risk for terrorism and kidnapping but the priest chose to stay on to "exercise his mission."