Sunday, July 27, 2014

Nigeria/Cameroon: Boko Haram Escalates Attacks, Wife of Vice PM Abducted

According to Reuters, the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday (July 27), Cameroon officials said.

A local religious leader, or lamido, named Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town's mayor, was kidnapped as well, in a separate attack on his home.

COMMENT: Boko Haram has stepped up cross-border attacks into Cameroon in recent weeks as Cameroon has deployed troops to the region, joining international efforts to combat the militants. 

"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.

The attack is the third Boko Haram attack into Cameroon since Friday (July 25).