16 die as soldiers rescue Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister’s wife

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The abducted wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister, Amadou
Ali, has been rescued from her Boko Haram kidnappers.
The lady was kidnapped on Sunday, alongside a traditional ruler of
Kolofata town in Cameroon
.

The rescue operation was carried out by soldiers from Cameroon in
an operation that was reported to have lasted several hours.
According to Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting
Corporation, 16 people died during the rescue operation.

Cameroon’s Minister of Information, Issa Tchiroma Bakary,
confirmed the freedom of the vice prime minister’s wife.
Bakary said government was still investigating the number of
casualties.

Meanwhile, some members of the deadly Boko Haram sect on
Monday attacked Katarko village, in the outskirts of Damaturu, the
Yobe State capital, killing eight persons and blowing off an
important bridge.

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Katarko is 22 kilometers south of Damaturu, Yobe State capital,
and a community in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State,
which is believed to be one of the strongest hold of the sect in the
north-eastern state.

Residents told journalists on the telephone that the insurgents
stormed the town around 7.30 pm, and attacked the military base
before moving to some houses, where eight persons were killed.

One of the residents who claimed that the siege was on for over
seven hours, told journalists on Tuesday that, “They came here
and launched an unsuccessful attack on the military base before
embarking on some selective killings within the town living us
with eight casualties presently being prepared for burial.”
He said the insurgents stormed the town around 7.30 pm and
carried out their attack until 2.30 am without any form of
resistance.

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It was also gathered that during the siege the insurgents blew off
the Katarko Bridge linking Damaturu to their stronghold; Buni
Yadi, the headquarters of Gujba Local Government Area of the
state. This area connects Yobe and neighbouring Borno and
Adamawa states, all under emergency rule as a result of the Boko
Haram insurgency.

This is the first time Boko Haram militants are attacking Katarko,
since the commencement of their hostility in 2009.

In a similar report, two suspected members of the sect had been
arrested in Damaturu metropolis for being in possession of
Improvise Explosive Devices.They are believed to have the
intention of causing havoc in the troubled town.

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Although authorities declined comment on the arrest, residents
confirmed that the suspects were arrested at separate locations
within the metropolis with the devices.

They claimed that the first arrested insurgent gave out information
on the second hoodlum, who was later picked up at another part of
the troubled town.