Incident Summary:

09/08/2018: Assailants dug a gorge in the road cutting off access to the rest of Cameroon in Bamenda, North-West, Cameroon. Once cars and buses containing at least 1,000 people were forced to stop, the assailants destroyed the identification cards of the drivers and set fire to at least four passenger buses. This was one of two related attacks to take place in North-West on this day. At least two people were killed across the two incidents, including a civilian and a bus driver. Separatists claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was intended to interrupt the upcoming elections, which were scheduled for October 7, 2018.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Passenger Busses
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Road
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
Firearms, fire, and an excavator were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 201809080015 and 201809080016.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Separatists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 100
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: atleast two killed as separatists gorge Bamenda road," Journal du Cameroun, September 9, 2018.
"Cameroon Separatists Attack Buses in English-Speaking Region," Africa Newswire, September 9, 2018.
"Curfew imposed on English-speaking Cameroon 8 hours ago," PM News Nigeria, September 10, 2018.