Incident Summary:

04/02/2018: Assailants abducted Aaron Wainanchi from Belo, North-West, Cameroon. Wainanchi, the Inspector of Basic Education in Belo, was released the following day on April 3, 2018. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Ministry of Education
Specific Description Inspector of Basic Education: Aaron Wainanchi
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded Unknown
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 8527.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes Sources note that a ransom of 5 million CFAs was gathered prior to release. It is unclear if this was the demanded amount.
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-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) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"ADF liberate abducted Basic Education Inspector, Nguti Council SG," Journal du Cameroun, April 5, 2018.
"English-speaking crisis: Nguti town hall secretary-general returns," Journal du Cameroun, April 5, 2018.