January 2015 raid on Kolofata

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January 2015 raid on Kolofata
Part of the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria
Date12 January 2015[1]
LocationKolofata, Far North Region, Cameroon
Result Cameroonian victory
Belligerents
 Cameroon Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Boko Haram
Commanders and leaders
Cameroon Didier Badjec [2] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Abubakar Shekau
Strength
Unknown 300+ [2]
Casualties and losses
1 killed
1 injured [2]
143 killed [2]

The January 2015 raid on Kolofata was an unsuccessful assault on a Cameroonian military base at Kolofata, Far North Region, perpetrated by Boko Haram. The incident occurred on 12 January 2015 coming shortly after another Boko Haram incursion onto Cameroonian soil.

Background[edit]

During 2014, Boko Haram militants conducted a number of attacks on villages located within northern Cameroon, killing at least 40 government soldiers and recruiting hundreds of people into the organization.[3] The largest such operation took place between 28–29 December 2014, and included simultaneous raids that targeted both civilians and military, causing a total of 84 fatalities.[4]

Raid[edit]

On 12 January 2015, Boko Haram militants carried out an assault on a Cameroonian army encampment outside the city of Kolofata, Far North Region. The Cameroonian military successfully repelled the attack, killing between 200 - 300 insurgents and seizing large quantities of weaponry and ammunition, one Cameroonian officer was also killed in action.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cameroon says 143 Boko Haram fighters killed in clashes". Reuters. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Boko Haram raids Cameroon army base". Al Jazeera. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Cameroon says fights off Boko Haram attacks, kills 41 militants". Reuters. 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Boko Haram militants stage attacks in northern Cameroon". Reuters. 29 December 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014.

Coordinates: 11°09′44″N 14°00′41″E / 11.1622°N 14.0114°E / 11.1622; 14.0114