Incident Summary:

12/08/2006: Between 5.30 a.m. and 6.00 a.m., youths suspected to be militants abducted three Italians who were employees of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) at the Brass Terminal in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. The militants who were said to be well-armed, stormed the oil terminal which is owned by Agip, and overpowered the security personnel after a prolonged gun battle, disappearing with the abducted expatriate oil workers. After the attack, the enraged militants were said to have set ablaze all the speed boats that were anchored in the terminal jetty while they shot sporadically into different directions within the vicinity of the terminal. No claim of responsibility was reported.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
At the Brass Terminal

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Oil Supply/Industry
Specific Description Agip Oil Company
Nationality of Target Italy
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
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) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information suspects are militant youths
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
Militants abduct three Italian oil workers in Bayelsa, The Guardian, December 09, 2006.