Incident Summary:

05/01/2014: Assailants attacked a number of vehicles in Garoua Boulai town, East region, Cameroon. At least 18 people were abducted in the attack. Two of the victims escaped on May 2, 2014 and five others were released on May 4, 2014. The remaining hostages were freed on May 5, 2014. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC).




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 18
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 4
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Cameroon frees 18 hostages seized by Central African Republic rebels," Reuters, May 5, 2014.
"Cameroonian Defense Forces Free 18 Hostages in Garoua-Boulai," Cameroon Tribune Online, May 6, 2014.
"Sources Say CAR Rebel Leader's Armed Men Abduct 18 Cameroonians," Africa Review, May 5, 2014.