Boko Haram abducts wife of Cameroon's vice-prime minister

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 July, 2014, 4:32am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 July, 2014, 7:11am

The wife of Cameroon's vice-prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northern town of Kolofata yesterday, 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 attacks into Cameroon in recent weeks as that country has deployed troops as part of an international effort to combat the militants.

A Cameroonian military commander said the vice-prime minister, who was at home to celebrate 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.

Yesterday's attack was Boko Haram's third into Cameroon since Friday.

The group killed hundreds of people this year, mostly in northeastern Nigeria, where a bomb attack on a Catholic church in the northern city of Kano killed five people and wounded eight yesterday, a senior police officer said.