Cameroonian forces have rescued the wife of that country’s Vice Prime Minister, Amadou Ali, who was abducted by suspected Boko Haram fighters on Sunday.
She was kidnapped alongside a traditional ruler of Kolofata town.
Sixteen people were reportedly killed during the rescue operation.
Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has sacked two senior army officers at the forefront of the battle against Boko Haram.
No reason was given for the dismissal of Colonel Youssa Gedeon and Lieutenant-Colonel Justin Ngonga.
They were in charge of the military operations along the porous border with Nigeria.
The wife of Cameroon’s deputy Prime Minister was kidnapped on Sunday along with her maid, a religious leader and local mayor.