Incident Summary:

09/21/2017: An explosive device detonated targeting police personnel guarding a laboratory near the Bamenda Hospital Roundabout in Bamenda, North-West, Cameroon. Three police personnel were wounded in the blast. The Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF) claimed responsibility for the attack. Sources also suspected the involvement of the Liberation Front for English-speaking Cameroon.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near the Bamenda Hospital Roundabout.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police nationale du Burkina Faso
Specific Description Officers
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
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
A locally-made explosive device planted inside a gas bottle, containing 30 kilograms of explosive material, and utilizing a mobile phone as a triggering mechanism was 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Liberation Front for English-speaking Cameroon No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"[ October 21, 2017 ] Explosion Around Azire Old Church Sends Ripples of Fear in Bamenda BREAKING NEWS," CameroonJournal, October 21, 2017.
"Cameroon's French-English Divide Flares Up," VOA News, September 22, 2017.
"Separatists blamed for attack in northwestern Cameroon," Cameroon-Info.Net, September 21, 2017.