The wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister was kidnapped during an attack that left three people killed led by Boko Haram in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon officials said.  Boko Haram has been attacking Cameroon for the past several weeks.

“I can confirm that the home of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali in Kolofata came under a savage attack from Boko Haram militants,” Issa Tchiroma said in an interview with Reuters. 

“They unfortunately took away his wife. They also attacked the lamido’s residence and he was also kidnapped,” he said, and at least three people were killed in the attack.

From Reuters:

A Cameroon military commander in the region told Reuters that the vice prime minister, who was at home to celebrate the Muslim feast of Ramadan with his family, was taken to a neighboring town by security officials.

“The situation is very critical here now, and as I am talking to you the Boko Haram elements are still in Kolofata town in a clash with our soldiers,” said Colonel Felix Nji Formekong, the second commander of Cameroon’s third inter-army military region, based in the regional headquarters Maroua.

The Sunday attack is the third Boko Haram attack into Cameroon since Friday. At least four soldiers were killed in the previous attacks. Meanwhile, some 22 suspected Boko Haram militants, who have been held in Maroua since March, were on Friday sentenced to prison sentences ranging from 10 to 20 years. It was unclear whether the events are related.

One has to wonder if the other kidnapped girls’ plight will be taken more seriously by Nigeria’s and Cameroon’s government since the wife of a dignitary has been kidnapped.

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  • eve-audrey

    Boko haram members have been upset with Cameroon ever since President Biya has declared “war” to them. They attack all the villages that neighbor Nigeria. I am frankly sick and tired of hearing about those animals and it would be shame if it takes the abduction of a dignitary’s wife for a serious action to be taken. True shame.

  • Boko Haram are evil criminals. They are theocratic individuals who seek to use kidnapping, abuse, and murder as a way to promote their evil, retrograde ideologies. I hope that the kidnapped people are returned. I hope that radical, revolutionary actions are taken to defeat the Boko Haram forces. The leaders of the Nigerian government have taken anemic steps in trying to stop this crisis to put it lightly. The solution deals with not only African nations uniting to defend people and to fight back. It is also about African nations addressing income inequality, religious tensions, and economic fairness issues too. Many people in Africa have been exploited via corporate corrupt actions and the rights of the workers & the poor in Africa should be respected. In the long term, radical political changes must occur too.

  • Delia

    Would someone tell me the real reason why these nations do not combine their resources and intelligence to put an end to Haram and his group?

    • eve-audrey

      They just recently did. Nigeria, Cameroon Niger and Tchad are setting a common force to fight boko haram Central africa had to desist because of the crisis. Each country will provide 700 -800 soldiers (from what i read) to form a common army. And they’ll share intelligence. But it is taking too long boko haram do not wait for all these people to agree.

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