Nigeria's al-Qaida-linked Islamist group Boko Haram on Sunday allegedly kidnapped the wife of the vice prime minister of the neighboring nation of Cameroon, according to police officials. Besides the kidnapping the terrorists are being blamed for the killing of at least three other people during their cross-border attack.
The Nigerian-based Boko Haram Muslim terrorists crossed the border into Cameroon and ambushed the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday. According to former police counterterrorism unit official Stanford Cummings, the cross-border attacks by Boko Haram are a recent phenomenon that resembles the incursions perpetrated by Somalia's Al Shabaab into Kenya.
According to African news media, in a separate attack on Sunday the Muslim terrorists attacked the home of Kolofata's Mayor Seini Lamine, who is also a Muslim cleric, and they kidnapped him as well.
Boko Haram stepped up its attacks into Cameroon in retaliation for Cameroon troops joining the international efforts to combat Muslim terrorists.
According to an Examiner news story, Boko Haram (translated: "Western or non-Islamic education is a sin") is a controversial Islamist group that seeks the imposition of Shariah law in the northern states of Nigeria. The group's official name is Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad, which in Arabic means "People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad."
This latest attack is the third one in Cameroon since July 25. According to the Cameroon defense ministry, four soldiers were killed in the ruthless group's previous attacks.
Boko Haram gained international attention when it kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan met last Tuesday with many parents of the kidnapped schoolgirls and some classmates who managed to escape from the Islamic extremists, but some of the parents of those children are now dead themselves, according to news reports.