Commune and town
Country  Cameroon
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)

Fotokol is a town and commune in Logone-et-Chari Department, Far North Region, Cameroon. It is home to Fotokol High School.[1]

The town is about 300 meters across a small river from the Nigerian village of Gamboru, where Fotokol residents often go for supplies.[2][3] In 2014, the Gamboru Ngala attack by Boko Haram killed 300 people, endangering Fotokol residents as well.[4][5][6]

As of June 2014, "Soldiers and paramilitary officers have been deployed in ... [Fotokol] to provide security for residents and allow children to safely attend school."[4]

In September 2014, the United Nations announced that it was making efforts to move 5,000 refugees staying in Fotokol to safer locations, to avoid cross-border incursions by Nigerian insurgents. Over 8,000 refugees had already been moved to the Minawo refugee camp.[7]

On 29 and 30 January 2015, fighting between Chadian soldiers and Boko Haram was reported in Fotokol and surrounding areas.[8][9] In early February, Boko Haram launched a counterattack, in response to a Chadian assault, on Fotokol, killing 81 civilians, 13 Chadian and 6 Cameroonian soldiers.[10]

See also


  1. "60 Boko Haram Members Killed by Cameroon's Army". Bella Naija. 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  2. "Africa - North Cameroon living in shadow of Boko Haram". France 24. 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  3. "Nigerians flee to Cameroon to escape Boko Haram violence". Naijaurban. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  4. 1 2 Kaze, Reinnier (2014-06-04). "Bullets in the classroom: Cameroon students caught in Boko Haram crossfire - Cameroon". ReliefWeb. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  5. "Mayhem! Violence escalates in Nigeria". 2014-05-06. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  6. "Cameroun - Extrême Nord/Logone et Chari: La brigade de gendarmerie de Fotokol transformée en lieu refuge par les soldats nigérians fuyant les islamistes du Boko Haram". Cameroon-Info.Net. 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  7. Valentine MULANGO (2014-09-24). "Cameroon: Cross-border Attacks by Boko Haram Endangers Refugees in Fotokol, UN Seeks to Move 5000 to Safer Location". Cameroon-Info.Net. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  8. "Chadian jets bomb Nigerian town in anti-Boko Haram raid". AFP - Yahoo News. 2015-01-31. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  9. "3 Chad soldiers, 123 Boko Haram militants killed in Cameroon - Yahoo News". AFP - Yahoo News. 2015-01-30. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  10. "Chadian jets bomb Nigerian town in anti-Boko Haram raid". News24. 2015-02-05. Retrieved 2015-02-10.

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Coordinates: 12°22′N 14°14′E / 12.367°N 14.233°E / 12.367; 14.233

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