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Monday, 28 July 2014

Boko Hram Attacks Cameroon

The Islamist Sect Boko Haram yesterday attacked Kolo­fate a suburb town in Cameroon and kidnapped the wife of the deputy Prime Minis­ter, Amadou Ali and her house maid.

The militants also kid­napped a local religious lead­er (Lamido), Seini Boukar Lamine in a separate attack on his home. Lamine is also the mayor of the town.

Boko Haram has stepped up cross-border attacks into Cameroon in recent weeks, as the army was deployed to the region.

The home of Deputy Prime Minister Amadou Ali “came under a savage attack from Boko Haram militants,” Informa­tion Minister Issa Tchiroma told Reuters yesterday.

They also attacked the lamido’s residence and he was also kidnapped,” he said, and at least three people were killed in the attack.

But the deputy Prime Minister, who was at home to break his fast for the Is­lamic holy month of Ra­madan at the time of the at­tack, managed to escape to a neighbouring town, regional commander Col Feliz Nji Formekong, the second com­mander of Cameroon’s third inter-army military region, based in the regional head­quarters Maroua, told the news agency.

Yesterday attack was 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.

On Wednesday, Camer­oon, Nigeria, Chad and Niger agreed to form a 2,800-strong regional force to tackle Boko Haram militants.
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