Incident Summary:

01/30/2020: Assailants abducted four Community Initiative for Sustainable Development (COMINSUD) humanitarian aid workers in Bamenda, North-West, Cameroon. Three of the hostages were injured and all four were released on January 31, 2020. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to separatists.




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: NGO
Name of Entity Community Initiative for Sustainable Development (COMINSUD)
Specific Description Aid Workers
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Unknown Weapon 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actors
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted that the attack may have been carried out by Cameroonian soldiers in disguise.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Separatists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Cameroon’s Intensifying Conflict and What it Means for Civilians," South Africa Today, February 10, 2020.
"Cameroon: Rise in killings in Anglophone regions ahead of parliamentary elections," Pan African Visions, February 6, 2020.