FRENCH HOSTAGE ESCAPES IN NIGERIA

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ABUJA: A French engineer abducted by Islamist militants in Nigeria last year has managed to escape, slipping out of his cell and hailing a taxi to take him to police, officials said Sunday (Monday in Manila). President Francois Hollande announced that Francis Collomp, 63, was free after being taken by Islamist militants on December 19, 2012, in the state of Katsina in northern Nigeria. Collomp escaped in the northern city of Zaria on Saturday while his captors were praying, said Femi Adenaike Adeleye, the police commissioner in the regional capital of Kaduna. He stopped a motorcycle taxi and had it take him to the nearest police station, from where he was brought to Kaduna.

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