Incident Summary:

11/20/2018: Assailants abducted at least 10 people, including nine students and one teacher, from the Lords Bilingual Secondary School in Kumba, Meme, South-West, Cameroon. Three hostages were rescued by security forces later the same day, and the remaining seven hostages were rescued the following day on November 21, 2018. At least one hostage was injured during the rescue operation. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to separatists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Meme district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Lords Bilingual Secondary School
Specific Description School
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 10
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Separatists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Cameroon army frees kidnapped students," BBC, November 21, 2018.
"Cameroon forces free kidnapped students in Kumba," Journal du Cameroun, November 21, 2018.
"Cameroon military frees 9 abducted children, teacher," ABC News, November 21, 2018.