January 2015 raid on Kolofata

January 2015 raid on Kolofata
Part of the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria
Date 12 January 2015[1]
Result Cameroonian victory
 Cameroon Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Boko Haram
Commanders and leaders
Cameroon Didier Badjec [2] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Abubakar Shekau
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.


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]


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]


  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

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