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On Sunday, Boko Haram militants kidnapped the wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister and killed three people in an attack in Kolofata, a town in Cameroon’s Far North Region near Nigeria.

The cross-border attack involved more than 200 assailants, according to Reuters.

“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, who is also communications minister, told Reuters by telephone.

“They unfortunately took away his wife. They also attacked the Lamido’s residence and he was also kidnapped,” he said, adding that at least three people were killed in the attack.

At a press conference later that day, Tchiroma said the Cameroonian army had taken Kolofata back under control.

“We do not have all the facts in order to give full information on the exact circumstances and the victim toll of this attack,” Tchiroma said on state television.

A Cameroon military commander in the region told Reuters security officials had taken the vice prime minister away to a neighboring town. He had been at home to celebrate the Muslim feast of Ramadan with his family when the attack happened.

We’ll keep you updated with the latest.

SOURCE: Reuters | PHOTO CREDIT: Screengrab

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