Incident Summary:

09/03/2018: Assailants abducted eight people, including seven students and the headmaster, at Presbyterian School of Science and Technology in Bafut, North-West, Cameroon. All eight hostages were released as of September 7, 2018. No group claimed responsibility; 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: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Presbyterian School of Science and Technology
Specific Description School
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 8
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 4
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 1733.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Amnesty International says 400 killed in 'escalating violence' in Cameroon's Anglophone regions this year," CNN, September 18, 2018.
"Cameroon Army Kills Three As Tensions Mar Return To School," AFP (World Service), September 5, 2018.
"Cameroon: Unknown Gunmen Release Students Abducted in Anglophone Northwest Region," Journal du Cameroun, September 7, 2018.