Boko Haram Kidnaps Cameroonian Prime Minister’s Wife, Female Suicide Bomber Kills Civilians

Abena Agyeman-Fisher July 28, 2014

Amadou Ali

Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram managed to hit a new low with the reported kidnapping of Cameroonian Deputy Prime Minister Amadou Ali‘s (pictured) wife and their maid. In addition, the militant group also unleashed yet another female suicide bomber in Nigeria Monday morning, according to various reports.

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Seeming to pull out a page from an hackneyed action movie, Boko Haram attacked Ali’s home in Kolofata, which is located near Nigeria’s Borno State, according to Information Minister Issa Tchiroma.

The “savage attack” reportedly occurred while Ali was breaking fast on Sunday during the Islamic holiday of Ramadan, and while Ali was able to escape to a nearby town, his wife and maid weren’t so lucky.

Of the current situation in Kolofata, Regional Commander Col. Feliz Nji Formekong told the BBC, “The situation is very critical here now, and as I am talking to you, the Boko Haram elements are still in Kolofata town in a clash with our soldiers.”

It is likely that the attack may be retribution for the jailing of 20 Boko Haram terrorists in Cameroon on Friday. The motley group were reportedly incarcerated for “possessing illegal firearms and plotting insurrection.”

As previously reported on by Face2Face Africa, Cameroon has repeatedly found themselves in the crosshairs of Boko Haram, with a soldier being attacked in March and two attacks happening in May. The second May attack made international headlines as 10 Chinese workers were kidnapped by the group.

Female Suicide Bombers Set Off Bombs in Kano

On Monday, a woman reportedly stood in line with a number of women at a petrol station before blowing herself up.

Her suicide bombing ended up killing three civilians, with one witness, Tijjani Isa, saying, “I was nearby the queue when I heard a heavy loud (noise),” he said. “And immediately saw people running while others went down.”

Tragically, this explosion is just one of several in the last few days for Kano.

The Associated Press reports:

“The suicide bombing was one of five attacks in Kano in two days, said police spokesman Musa Magaji Majia.

Another bomb blast went off across from a Shoprite supermarket Monday, but no one was harmed.

On Sunday, a 15-year-old girl detonated a bomb near a temporary university site, killing only herself, said Kano State Police Commissioner Aderenle Shinaba. Five others were killed in a church bombing the same day, he said, and a third bomb was discovered at a mosque before it exploded, harming no one.”

Concerning the suicide bombers, while this is the third time females have turned themselves into suicide bombers on behalf of Boko Haram, it still proves that the crazed group continues to focus on increasing its ranks with girls and women.

At the beginning of July, Face2Face Africa reported on three women who were arrested for recruiting females for the militants.

Face2Face Africa reports:

“Reportedly changing their focus on increasing their ranks, Boko Haram is allegedly employing women to recruit widows and young girls with promises of nuptials to terrorists.

CNN reports:

“The arrested trio suspects were luring ladies, especially widows and young girls, by enticing them with male suitors who are mainly members of their terror group, for marriage,” said Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, director of defense information.

“The women have been identified as Hafsat Usman Bako, Zainab Idris, and Aisha Abubakar, with Bako being previously married to a terrorist that was reportedly killed by the military.

“According to the ministry, ‘Hafsat continued with the terror group, specializing in surreptitious recruitment of members into their fold.'”

The arrests come on the heels of the first-ever suicide bombing attempt by a female of a military building in Gombe.

The suicide bomber perished in the bombing.

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Last Edited by:Abena Agyeman-Fisher Updated: June 19, 2018


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