Terrorism in Cameroon

The risk of terrorist attacks in Cameroon over the past years can be classified as high. Compared to other countries, it is still placed somewhere in the middle of a terrorism ranking. Over the past 5 years a total number of 182 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 1321 people have been killed and 749 injured. Among them were 50 suicide acts.

In 45 incedents a total of 405 people have been kidnapped or taken as hostage, though a ransom was rarely (9 times) extorted.

Topic page: Terrorism


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Most frequent attack targets in Cameroon

(2012 to 2016)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Private citizens1331,165598336
Religious institutions12170833
Military10319841
Police1021342
Business84810812
Government721125
Transportation323620
Educational institution2200
Tourists1007


Most affected regions

(2012 to 2016)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Extreme-North1651,253747322
East97062
Adamawa39114
North22806
Extreme North1001


Terrorist organisations in Cameroon

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Boko Haram1551,270745311
Seleka21400
Anti-Balaka Militia1002


All information sourced from the "National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism" (START) and its Global Terrorism Database. An act of terrorism is concidered every incident which is aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious, or social goal, but not for pure profit motives. In addition these incidents must not be legitimized by warfare activities, listet in the Geneva Conventions of 1949.