Boko Haram abducts wife of Cameroon’s deputy Prime Minister

July 28, 2014

Cameroonian authorities said extremist sect Boko Haram abducted the wife of the country’s deputy prime minister Sunday.

The wife of Deputy Prime Minister Amadou Ali and her maid were kidnapped in Cameroun’s northern town of Kolofata, according to the Information Minister Issa Tchiroma. The attackers reportedly stormed their residence and took the woman away.

A military commander in the area said Boko Haram militants engaged Cameroonian soldiers in the town for some time. The deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Ali, managed to escape the assailants to a neighbouring town, commander Feliz Formekong was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.

A local religious leader, named Seini Lamine, was also abducted from the same town in a separate incident. Mr. Lamine, who is called the Lamido, is the mayor of the town. Cameroun strengthened security at its border in April after Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 school girls in Chibok, Borno State.

More than 200 of the abducted girls remain in captivity. The attack is the third Boko Haram attack into Cameroon since Friday.

At least four soldiers were killed in the previous attacks, reported Reuters.