Boko Haram abducts 17 fishermen in Cameroon’s Far North region

YOLA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 06: Local hunters known as Vigilantes armed with locally made guns are seen on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before they move to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants on December 06, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Local hunters known as Vigilantes armed with locally made guns are seen on a pick up truck in Nigeria before they move to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Seventeen fishermen were kidnapped by terror group Boko Haram late on Sunday in Cameroon’s Far North region, local authorities said on Monday.

They were fishing in Lake Chad when militants of the group rounded them up and drove to an unknown destination, according to locals.

The Cameroon army is conducting a rescue mission to secure the safe release of the hostages, local authorities said.

The terror group is intensifying attacks and abductions in the region as end of year festivities approach, according to security reports.

In early December, Boko Haram kidnapped 18 civilians and later killed five of them in the region.