Incident Summary:

02/04/2015: Assailants attacked residents, soldiers, and buildings in Fotokol, Extreme-North, Cameroon. At least 94 people, including soldiers and civilians, and 50 assailants were killed in the ensuing clash. In addition, mosques, houses, and vehicles were set on fire. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to Boko Haram.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Military of Chad
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Chad
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Fotokol Town
Specific Description Town
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Mosques
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent 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
Total Number of Fatalities 144
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 50
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"13 Chad troops killed in Boko Haram counter- attack: minister," Agence France Presse -- English, February 5, 2015.
"Boko Haram massacres scores in Cameroon town, residents say,", February 4, 2015.
"Boko Haram kills dozens in rampage after Chad offensive," Siasat Daily (India), February 4, 2015.