Kidnapping infidels and releasing them for ransom or enslaving them, as well as killing them if that option is deemed most advantageous for the Muslims, is fully sanctioned in Islamic law: “As for the captives, the amir [ruler] has the choice of taking the most beneficial action of four possibilities: the first to put them to death by cutting their necks; the second, to enslave them and apply the laws of slavery regarding their sale and manumission; the third, to ransom them in exchange for goods or prisoners; and fourth, to show favor to them and pardon them. Allah, may he be exalted, says, ‘When you encounter those [infidels] who deny [the Truth=Islam] then strike [their] necks’ (Qur’an sura 47, verse 4)” — Abu’l-Hasan al-Mawardi, al-Ahkam as-Sultaniyyah (The Laws of Islamic Governance), trans. by Dr. Asadullah Yate, (London), Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd., 1996, p. 192.
“Boko Haram abducts 30 people in Cameroon,” ANSA, February 9, 2015:
(ANSA) – Yaounde, February 9 – Nigerian Islamic militants Boko Haram on Monday attacked three towns in Cameroon close to the border with Nigeria, abducting over 30 people, according to residents.
Over the past few days militants from the organization have been increasing attacks in Cameroon and Niger, where the town of Diffa was recently attacked for the third time.
Cameroon just hosted a three-day meeting that wrapped up on Saturday with officials from the African Union and neighbouring countries, to organize a coordinated response against Boko Haram.
Officials pledged to create a task force of some 8,750 troops from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, which could be deployed as early as next month.
Boko Haram killed a reported 10,000 people in 2014.
The Islamic extremists almost a year ago kidnapped over 200 Nigerian school girls, who are still missing.