Incident Summary:

09/11/2020: A suicide bomber detonated in Zeleved, Mayo-Tsanaga district, Extreme-North, Cameroon. In addition to the assailant, at least five people, including the traditional ruler and his wife, were killed and 10 other people were injured in the blast. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Mayo-Tsanaga district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Zeleved
Specific Description Village Chief
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Cameroon
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suicide attack in northern Cameroon kills 5 civilians...," Deccan Herald, September 13, 2020.
"Six killed in suicide attack in Cameroon's Far North region," Xinhua News Agency, September 12, 2020.