The wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister, Mrs. Alli was kidnapped
and at least three people were killed in an attack by Boko
Haram militants on in the northern town of Kolofata on
Sunday, 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.
Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist militant group, 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
“They unfortunately took away his wife. They also attacked
the lamido’s residence and he was also kidnapped,” he
said, and 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 neighboring 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
The Sunday attack is the third Boko Haram attack into
Cameroon since Friday. At least four soldiers were killed in
the previous attacks. Meanwhile, some 22 suspected Boko
Haram militants, who have been held in Maroua since
March, were on Friday sentenced to prison sentences
ranging from 10 to 20 years. It was unclear whether the
events are related.