Incident Summary:

01/12/2015: Assailants opened fire on a military base in Kolofata town, Extreme-North region, Cameroon. One soldier and 143 assailants were killed and four soldiers were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Boko Haram.

GTD ID:
201501120018

When:
2015-01-12

Country:
Cameroon

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Extreme-North

City:
Kolofata

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Cameroon Armed Forces (FAC)
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), petrol bombs, thrown explosive devices and guns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
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 144 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 144
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 143
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Sources
"Cameroon Says 143 Boko Haram Fighters Killed In Army Base Attack," AFP (World Service), January 12, 2015."
"B'Haram captures another Borno town, Cameroon kills 143 terrorists," Nigeria Punch, January 13, 2015."
"Cameroon repels cross-border Boko Haram attack on army base," Agence France Presse -- English, January 12, 2015."