Incident Summary:

06/28/2019: Assailants abducted Ni John Fru Ndi from his residence in Ntarinkon, Bamenda, North-West, Cameroon. A bodyguard was injured in the attack while Ndi, a Social Democratic Front (SDF) leader, was injured and released the following day, on June 29, 2019. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Ntarinkon area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Social Democratic Front
Specific Description Chairperson: Ni John Fru Ndi
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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
Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Cameroon Opposition Leader Kidnapped Again," AFP (World Service), June 28, 2019.
"Cameroon: Opposition SDF Legal Adviser Reveals Chat with Separatists During Chairman's Abduction," Cameroon-Info.Net, July 1, 2019.
"Cameroon: SDF Chairman Ni John Fru Ndi kidnapped again!," Journal du Cameroun, June 28, 2019.