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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.
Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped two Italian priests and an elderly Canadian nun in the Maroua district of northern Cameroon near the Nigerian border. The Nigerian military recently confirmed that it is working jointly with Cameroon in efforts against the terrorist group. Mining Minister Mbonde said Cameroon is deploying more border staff to address the increasing flow of "blood diamonds" used to fund armed groups in the Central African Republic.
Nigerian military authorities said at least 288 rifles, 35 rocket-propelled guns, and 35 homemade IEDs, as well as over 50 Cameroonian passports and a jeep, were confiscated after a clash in Abugasse near the border with Chad. The large cache was seized following the arrest of two suspected Boko Haram arms traffickers. Cameroonian authorities arrested three men in the far north on March 26 who are suspected moving weapons for Boko Haram from Chad into Nigeria; a large quantity of weapons was seized, including multiple round rifle and rocket launchers.