No Fewer than 16 Killed person were reported dead in military mission leading to successful rescue of the abducted wife of Cameroun’s Vice Prime Minister, Amadou Ali, who was kidnapped by the Boko Haram sect on Sunday alongside a traditional ruler of Kolofata town.
According to BBC Hausa Service, 16 people died during the rescue operations that lasted for several hours.
Although, Cameroon Information Minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakary who disclosed the information said government was investigating the matter to establish the actual number of those killed in the military clampdown and rescue operations, the abducted woman was successfully rescued.
News agency Reuters had reported the Information Minister, saying that the wife of Vice Prime Minister and her maid were kidnapped in Cameroun’s northern town of Kolofata.
The attackers stormed their residence and took the woman away.
A military commander in the area said Boko Haram militants engaged Cameroonian soldiers in the town for some time.
The deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Ali, managed to escape the assailants to a neighbouring town, commander Feliz Formekong was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.
A local monarch cum religious leader, named Seini Lamine, was also abducted from the same town in a separate incident.
Mr. Lamine, who is called the Lamido, is the mayor of the town.
Cameroun had said it strengthened security at its border in April after Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 school girls in Chibok, Borno State.
More than 200 of the abducted girls remain in captivity. The attack is the third Boko Haram attack in Cameroon since Friday.
At least four soldiers were killed in the previous attacks, Reuters reported.