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    Kidnapped family gains freedom in Cameroon

    DOUALA, Cameroon — A French family with four young children kidnapped at gunpoint by Islamist extremists in northern Cameroon was freed after two months of captivity in what the father described as especially harsh conditions following the group’s return Friday to ­safety.

    Cameroonian television showed the family of seven — four children, their parents, and an uncle — stepping off an airplane.

    Officials offered no details on how the family was freed, and it was not clear whether there were concessions to the kidnappers.

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    Tanguy Moulin-Fournier, an employee for a French company and father of the family, said, ‘‘It was very difficult. It’s the end of the dry season. The heat is terrible. Water was a problem. It was difficult to hold out.’’

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    The children fared better, he said.

    ‘‘Children have something in them so that they manage to hold up,’’ he said. ‘‘Life in them flows stronger.’’