‘Boko Haram’ abducts Cameroon politician’s wife

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The Cameroonian military says members of

Nigerian militant group Boko Haram have

abducted the wife of the country's deputy

prime minister in the north.

The wife of Amadou Ali and her maid were

taken in the town of Kolofata near the Nigerian

border on Sunday, it adds.

A local religious leader, who is also town mayor,

was also kidnapped in a separate attack in the

same town.

Boko Haram has stepped up cross-border

attacks into Cameroon in recent weeks, as the

army was deployed to the region.

Militants have kidnapped foreign nationals in

northern Cameroon before, including a French

family and Chinese workers.

'Critical situation'

The home of Deputy Prime Minister Amadou Ali

"came under a savage attack from Boko Haram

militants," Information Minister Issa Tchiroma

told Reuters on Sunday.

But the minister, who was breaking his fast for

the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the time

of the attack, managed to escape to a

neighbouring town, regional commander Col

Feliz Nji Formekong told the news agency.

"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," he added.

Local leader Seini Boukar Lamine and his family

were also abducted in a separate attack on his


Cameroon's long and porous border with Nigeria

means Boko Haram fighters can come and go at

will, attacking police stations and villages, and

spreading terror throughout the region, says

BBC Africa editor Mary Harper.

The group has attacked Cameroon three times

in as many days in the past week, killing at least

four soldiers, Reuters reports.

On Friday, more than 20 members of the

militant group were jailed in Cameroon on

charges of possessing illegal firearms and

plotting an insurrection.

The armed group is seeking to establish an

Islamists state in Nigeria.

Earlier this week, Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and

Niger agreed to form a 2,800-strong regional

force to tackle Boko Haram militants.

Efforts to step up regional co-operation gained

momentum after Boko Haram caused an

international outcry by abducting more than 200

girls from a boarding school in north-eastern


The girls are thought to be held in the vast

Sambisa forest, along Nigeria's border with


Many Nigerian civilians in border towns have

fled to Cameroon to escape from the Boko

Haram attacks.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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