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]
Location Kolofata, Far North Region, Cameroon
Result Cameroonian victory
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon AQMI Flag asymmetric.svg Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Boko Haram
Commanders and leaders
Flag of Cameroon.svg Didier Badjec [2] AQMI Flag asymmetric.svg 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.

Kolofata is a town and commune in Cameroon.

Boko Haram A branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

The Islamic State in West Africa or the Islamic State's West Africa Province, formerly known as Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād and commonly known as Boko Haram until March 2015, is a jihadist terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria, also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon.

The December 2014 Cameroon clashes were a number of incidents that occurred between 28–29 December 2014 in variety of locations in Cameroon's Far North Region. The event included attacks on civilians and military positions carried out by Nigeria-based Boko Haram; the attacks were followed by a successful Cameroonian military counter offensive.



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]

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  1. 1 2 "Cameroon says 143 Boko Haram fighters killed in clashes". Reuters. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "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.

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