On Thursday of last week, a French national was abducted from a town south of Abeche, in eastern Chad. He reportedly works for a French mining company, though neither the victim nor the company have been identified. No one has claimed responsibility for the abduction, but it is understood that the Frenchman has been taken over the border into Sudan. A major manhunt is underway.

Janes notes that ‘recent exploration for gold around Goz Beida a trigger for opportunistic kidnappings for ransom.‘ It has been suggested that the man was carrying staff wages at the time of his abduction.

From France24

French national abducted in Chad

A French national has been abducted in the central African nation of Chad, the French defence ministry said Thursday.

The ministry confirmed the kidnapping in a brief statement.

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From Reuters

Frenchman kidnapped near Chad border with Sudan’s Darfur

The man was kidnapped south of Abeche, a mining area about 800 km (500 miles) east of the capital N’Djamena, a French military source told Reuters.

There were no immediate reports of any group claiming responsibility or making demands in the area crossed by nomadic groups and rebels fighting the Sudanese government over the border in Darfur.

A source close to the matter said officials were leaning toward a criminal act rather than linking it to militancy.

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From the Sudan Tribune

Sudan, Chad and France making efforts to free French hostage in Darfur: FM

Sudan, Chad and French intelligence are coordinating efforts to find and rescue a French national who has been kidnapped in Chad and taken to an unknown location into Sudan, said Sudan’s Foreign Ministry.

Chad’s Security Minister Ahmat Mahamat Bachir on Friday disclosed that a French national was abducted in Chad on Thursday near the border with Sudan’s Darfur region and has been taken into Sudan.

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