Incident Summary:

10/24/2014: Assailants abducted a shepherd in Garoua-Mboulai area, East region, Cameroon. This was one of four related kidnappings in which nine people were taken in the same area of Cameroon on the same day. Four of the hostages were rescued on October 25, 2014, while the remaining five victims were rescued on November 26, 2014. The Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC) claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



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 Shepherd
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 33
Outcome Successful Rescue
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of four related kidnappings that took place in Cameroon on the same day in which nine people were taken hostage.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
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 army says frees 16 hostages, including Polish priest," Reuters, November 26, 2014.
"Cameroonians, Polish Priest Freed From 'CAR Abductors'," AFP (World Service), November 26, 2014.
"Cameroonian hostages released by CAR armed group," Xinhua News Agency, November 26, 2014.