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Frenchman who escaped Nigeria captors returns home

PARIS (AP) — A 63-year-old French engineer who escaped from his captors in northern Nigeria after 11 months as a hostage has returned home to France.

Francis Collomp was welcomed by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on the tarmac at Villacoublay military airport before dawn Monday, a day after he escaped by motorcycle in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna.

French media said Collomp — who reportedly had triple-bypass surgery years ago — was undergoing a medical exam in Paris. Some 30 men stormed Collomp's home on Dec. 19, 2012, abducting him and killing a neighbor and a security guard. Boko Haram splinter group Ansaru claimed responsibility.

Boko Haram, a Nigerian extremist group, claimed responsibility for abducting a French priest last week in Cameroon and taking him to Nigeria.

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