Incident Summary:

11/20/2017: A suicide bomber detonated targeting civilians at a market in Kolofata, Mayo-Sava, Extreme-North, Cameroon. In addition to the assailant, at least two civilians were killed and 20 others were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Boko Haram.

GTD ID:
201711200017

When:
2017-11-20

Country:
Cameroon

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Extreme-North

City:
Kolofata

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Mayo-Sava district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Marketplace
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages 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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosive device carried in a bag of beans was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 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 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Suicide attack kills 3 children in northern Cameroon," Anadolu Ajansi, November 20, 2017."
"Two Dead In Suicide Attack In Northern Cameroon," AFP (World Service), November 20, 2017."
"Boko Haram kills two civilians, injures 20 in Cameroon," Today.ng, November 20, 2017."