Incident Summary:

01/24/2006: At least nine people were killed when perpetrators attacked and robbed the offices of the Italian oil company, Agip, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Of those killed, eight were policemen and one was a civilian. About $31,000 was stolen from the facility as well. The perpetrators were not identified, and there were no claims of responsibility. Oil companies had been a frequent target of terrorist attacks in the region.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Port Harcourt

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Eni
Specific Description Agip oil facility
Nationality of Target Italy
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information Even though this attack may seem like it was motivated purely by desire for financial gain, the fact that it was targeting a foreign oil firm led me to believe that criterion 1 was fulfilled. Various groups in the area have made such attacks for political as much as financial reasons.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
“Nigerian Gunmen Attack Oil Firm Offices, 9 Killed,” Xinhua, January 24, 2006.
Dino Mahtani, “Gunmen Hit Agip Offices in Nigeria,” Financial Times, January 25, 2006.
“Nigeria: Militant Group Claims Responsibility for Deadly Attacks on Oil Plants,” AFP, January 25, 2006.