Boko Haram militants have attacked Kolofata, a town in Cameroon’s Far North Region near Nigeria and seized several
people including the wife
of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, a military commander in
the region said.
According to Reuters, the attack took place today, the celebration of the end of Ramadan.
“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 (RMIA3) based in the
regional headquarters Maroua.
“Some of them have already taken away the wife of Vice Prime Minister
Ahmadou Ali and her house help while the bodyguards of the Vice Prime
Minister have succeeded in taking him out of the town to Mora,”
Formekong said, adding that there could be more casualties.
Cameroon since it began crackdown on the insurgents in recent weeks
has faced a series of counter attacks by the militants. On Friday, a
military court in the country jailed about 20 members of the sect
arrested in March for arms trafficking.