Incident Summary:

12/31/2017: A female suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vest at a cafe in Bia, Mayo-Sava, Extreme-North, Cameroon. In addition to the assailant, one person was killed and 28 others were wounded in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected that Boko Haram was behind the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



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: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Cafe
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 explosives-laden vest 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 (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 28 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 28
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Female Suicide Bomber Kills One, Wounds 28 In Cameroon," AFP (World Service), December 31, 2017."
"Xinhua: 1st LD: Two Killed In Suspected Boko Haram Attack In Cameroon," Xinhua, December 31, 2017."
"Female suicide bomber kills one, injures 28," Nigeria Punch, December 31, 2017."