Incident Summary:

03/17/2018: Assailants abducted at least 37 civilians, including education chairman Professor Leke Tambo, in Lewo, South-West, Cameroon. Tambo was released on March 19, 2018 and the fate of the remaining hostages is unknown. The Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF) claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded a ransom in exchange for Leke Tambo's release.




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: Government (General)
Name of Entity Cameroon General Certificate of Education Board
Specific Description Chair: Professor Ivo Leke Tambo
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 37
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 187000.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
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
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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Kidnapped Official In Anglophone Cameroon Region Freed," AFP (World Service), March 19, 2018.
"Cameroon: Separatists Demand Over $187, 000 To Release Abducted Government Official," Cameroon-Info.Net, March 19, 2018.
"Armed Anglophone Separatists in Cameroon Kidnap 40," VOA News, March 18, 2018.