Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Boko Haram kill 4, snatch vice PM's wife

Boko Haram militants attacked Kolofata, a town in Cameroon's Far North Region near Nigeria, on Sunday and seized several people including the wife of Cameroon's Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, Colonel Felix Nji Formekong, the second commander of Cameroon's third inter-army military region (RMIA3) based in the regional headquarters Maroua has heralded.

The terrorist reportedly took 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.

Three people were reportedly killed on the fateful day Sunday July 27   in a cross-border attack involving more than 200 assailants in the northern town of Kolofata..A local traditional leader, lamido, named Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town's mayor, and five members of his family were also kidnapped in a separate attack on his home. 

"I can confirm that the home of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali in Kolofata came under a savage attack from Boko Haram militants," government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakari Communications Minister.

At the time of the incedent, Cameroon military commander in the region reportedly vamoosed with the vice prime minister to a neighbouring town.  The VP was at home preparing to  celebrate the Muslim feast of Ramadan with his family when the attack happened. 

The Sunday attack is the third Boko Haram attack in Cameroon since Friday. About four soldiers were killed in the two previous attacks. More than 3,000 Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram attacks have taken refuge in the Cameroon town of Fotokol, according to a municipal official.
Vanguard has gathered 

on same day- Sunday 27, a bomb attack on a Catholic church in northern Nigeria's main city of Kano killed five people and wounded eight.

Boko Haram translated as "Western education is a sin", The militant of the islam organization based northern Nigeria influenced by the Wahhabi movement allegedly founded by Mohammed Yusuf since 2002 seeks to establish a complete islamic state in Northern Nigeria.

The group is said to have written Cameroon’s Head of Sate president Paul Biya warning against attempt by Cameroon to support Nigerian President Good Luck Jonathan. But their abduction of French, Italian clergy men, Chinese workers amongst Cameroon for ransom plunged Biya into the issue.

Meantime, the military court in Cameroon has handed down prison sentences of up to 20 years to 14 Boko Haram members who were arrested in March after the discovery of a weapons cache, admitted to being part of the Nigerian extremist group at a "public hearing" in the northern town of Maroua, They had been charged with the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and of plotting an insurrection. Their sentence is between 10 and 20 years" in prison, subject to no appealed.

It is said that more than 3,000 Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram attacks have taken refuge in the Cameroon town of Fotokol, according to a municipal official.

In the first half of 2014 Boko Haram killed more than 2000 civilians, in about 95 attacks and, in the preceding three years, more than 3000. In May 2014, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan claimed that Boko Haram attacks have left at least 12,000 people dead and 8,000 crippled. Hundreds of thousands have fled their homes.

The group exerts influence in the northeastern Nigerian states of Borno, Adamawa, Kaduna, Bauchi, Yobe and Kano. The group does not have a clear structure or evident chain of command and has been called "diffuse" with a "cell-like structure" facilitating factions and splits.

It alledged that the group is  divided into three factions with a splinter group known as Ansaru and  leader  named Abubakar Shekau. Its weapons expert, second-in-command and arms manufacturer was Momodu Bama.

It is also said that  Boko Haram leadership has international connections to Al-Qa`ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Al-Qa`ida core, Al-Shabab, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), Mokhtar Belmokhtar’s factions, and other militant groups outside Nigeria.

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