Incident Summary:

12/17/2014: Assailants attacked soldiers and residents in Am Chide town, Extreme-North region, Cameroon. The assailants detonated explosives before descending on Am Chide, setting fire to houses and shops. At least 116 attackers and one soldier were killed in the ensuing clash with security forces. Another soldier was reported missing following the attack, but it was unclear if he or she was abducted. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to Boko Haram.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Am Chide

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Cameroon Army
Specific Description Vehicles
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Am Chide Town
Specific Description Town
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive 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
Boko Haram No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 117 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 117
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 116
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Officials: Boko Haram kidnaps 185 women and children, kills 32 people," CNN Wire, December 18, 2014.
"Boko Haram militants kill 33 in Borno," The Nation Nigeria, December 18, 2014.
"UPDATE 1-Cameroon army kills 116 Boko Haram militants, defence ministry says," Reuters Africa, December 18, 2014.