Incident Summary:

03/15/2018: Assailants abducted two Tunisian engineers and two Cameroonian technicians in South-West, Cameroon. One engineer was killed and the other three hostages were rescued during a Cameroonian military operation on March 20, 2018. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF).




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Soroubat Group
Specific Description Engineers
Nationality of Target Tunisia
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Soroubat Group
Specific Description Technicians
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 5
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 The victims included a Tunisian Engineer, Khaled Tinsa.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Cameroon Troops Rescue Tunisian But Compatriot Killed By Abductors," AFP (World Service), March 20, 2018.
"UPDATE 1-Tunisian engineer killed by kidnappers in southwest Cameroon - govt," Reuters Africa, March 20, 2018.
"Security forces rescue three hostages from Ambazonia fighters," Journal du Cameroun, March 20, 2018.