YAOUNDE (AA) – The head of the municipal council of Cameroon’s Kolofata town on the border with Nigeria was kidnapped on Sunday by suspected militants of the Nigerian Boko Haram group, a military source said.
The source, who asked not to be named, said Seiny Boukar Lamine was abducted from inside the municipality building together with his wife and five children who happened to be inside at the time.
He said the militants also raided the home of Cameroon’s vice-president for relations with elected assemblies, Amadou Ali, in Kolofata.
According to the source, Ali managed to escape but his wife and bodyguard were kidnapped by the militants.
On Friday, an attack on the nearby Bargaram town left six Cameroonian army troops dead.
A Cameroonian court two days ago handed 14 Boko Haram members jail sentences between 10 and 20 years on charges of participating in “dangerous activities” and possessing arms.
The Nigerian militant group has been blamed on several cross-border attacks.
Boko Haram, which means “Western education is forbidden” in Nigeria’s local Hausa language, first emerged in the early 2000s preaching against the government misrule and corruption.
The group later became violent, however, after the death of its leader in 2009 while in police custody.
In the five years since, the shadowy sect has been blamed for numerous attacks – on places of worship and government institutions – and thousands of deaths.
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