Bloody weekend: Boko Haram on the rampage
30 killed in Adamawa
Man, wife, dad, maid died in Kano bombing
Cameroon deputy PM’s wife abducted
Boko Haram insurgents were on the rampage at the weekend.
They abducted yesterday the wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister.
The sect’s fighters also kidnapped an influential traditional and Muslim spiritual leader in northern Cameroon, along with his family.
In Kano, a man, his father, wife and maid died when a bomb was hurled at a church congregation after a mass.
Adamawa State was also hit by the insurgents, who attacked three villages, killing 30 residents. A village head was abducted.
The insurgents raided Kolofata – Cameroon’s border town with Nigeria’s Borno State. Three people were killed in the attack.
It was the third attack by the sect on Cameroon’s northern towns since Friday.
The Cameroonian government and the military confirmed the abductions.
The wife of Deputy Prime Minister Amadou Ali and her maid were taken in “a savage attack” on his home by Boko Haram militants, Information Minister Issa Tchiroma said.
A local politician and his family were also abducted in a separate attack.
The local religious leader, or the Lamido, named Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town’s mayor, was kidnapped in a separate attack on his home.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group, has stepped up cross-border attacks into Cameroon in recent weeks. Cameroon has deployed troops in the region, joining international efforts to combat the militants, who are holding more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped on April 15 in Chibok, Borno State.
“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 told Reuters by telephone.
“They unfortunately took away his wife. They also attacked the Lamido’s residence and he was also kidnapped,” he said, adding that at least three people were killed in the attack.
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 neighbouring 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.
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.
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