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Cameroon sealed its border with Nigeria, reportedly due to fears of the Ebola virus. Boko Haram has twice destroyed the major bridge connecting the two countries. Residents and government employees are fleeing the border areas for fear of Boko Haram.
Suspected Boko Haram militants stormed the northern village of Zigague, killing 10 people and kidnapping one more. A report claimed that contrary to rumors, the wife of Vice Prime Minister Ahmadou Ali and other kidnapped members of his family have not been released by Boko Haram.
President Biya fired two senior army officers in the north after the July 27 Boko Haram attacks in Kolofata in which at least six people were killed and the wife of a deputy minister and the mayor and his family were kidnapped. Some witnesses claimed as many as 50 people were killed in the July 27 attacks, which were carried out by a group of over 200 Boko Haram fighters. The government has deployed over 1,000 soldiers to the Nigerian border as the terror group is increasing its attacks in Cameroon.
Boko Haram militants kidnapped the wife of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali and her maid from Ali's home in Kolofata, killing at least three people in the attack. The militants also attacked the home of Kolofata's religious leader and mayor, Seini Boukar Lamine, and kidnapped him as well. A court yesterday sentenced 14 Boko Haram members to jail terms ranging from 10 to 20 years. Late on July 24, Boko Haram killed two Cameroonian soldiers in a cross-border attack at Balgaram.
In the far north, near towns like Amchide, across the border from Nigeria's Borno state, Boko Haram militants are stepping up attacks and residents are fleeing. Cameroonian soldiers killed four Boko Haram fighters in Amchide on July 20. Last week Boko Haram fighters kidnapped two teenage sons of an influential Muslim cleric in Limani, and attacked a police station in Nariki and killed a policeman.
In its biggest-yet single day operation, the military raided the Central Market in Maroua and arrested 40 suspected Boko Haram fighters. Security forces closed off the market, where Boko Haram is said to be hiding weapons for use in Nigeria. Authorities are stepping up security measures to counter the terror group's expansion in Cameroon.
The military discovered a cache of Boko Haram weapons buried in the northern village of Blangoa on June 18, including "35 war weapons, 31 cartridges and 1,218 bullets," and arrested a Chadian man suspected of smuggling arms to the terror group. On June 10, over 300 heavily armed Boko Haram fighters attacked Gorsi Tourou in north Cameroon, burning homes and churches, and looting property. Boko Haram militants are said to be raiding Cameroonian villages and abducting young boys to be used as child soldiers.
State media claimed that Cameroonian forces killed 40 Boko Haram militants yesterday in clashes west of Kousseri, near the borders with Nigeria and Chad. Two Italian nuns and a priest kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in Maroua on April 4 and held in Cameroon have been released.
Boko Haram is said to have increased operations in Cameroon. On May 5, Boko Haram attacked gendarmes in the far northern city of Kousseri, killing three, including a woman. Some 200 Cameroonians are reportedly training in Boko Haram camps in Nigeria. Residents of Gamboru in Nigeria who fled a Boko Haram attack chose to stay in Cameroon. Cameroonian forces freed 18 civilians kidnapped by Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic early this month. On May 9, security forces in Youande arrested two men seeking to fly to the US via Brussels with suspected explosives in their hand luggage.