Unidentified gunmen, suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group, abducted a group of humanitarian workers, including a woman, in Cameroon's Far North region on Wednesday, January 10.
The exact number of kidnapped individuals remains unclear, with conflicting reports from different sources. The privately-owned newspaper Le Jour stated four aid workers were abducted, while the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported three. Corroborating information suggests the abductions occurred in Kossa, a canton within the Mora commune of Mayo-Sava department.
The victims were identified as employees of Première urgence internationale, an NGO operating in Cameroon since 2008. The organization provides humanitarian assistance to victims of Boko Haram's atrocities in the Far North region. Their vehicle was found abandoned near Waza National Park, prompting a search operation by security forces.
Despite official pronouncements of Boko Haram's weakening, the militant group maintains a presence in the Far North, bordering Nigeria. While the government insists on an improving security situation, President Paul Biya acknowledged in his December 31 address to the nation that "atrocities committed by terrorists have not completely disappeared." He reiterated the government's commitment to combating the group, stating, "For those who persist in criminal activity, be it terrorism or organized crime, the fate that awaits them is not an enviable one. They must know that our firm determination to ensure the security of our fellow citizens will never falter."