Incident Summary:

02/26/2009: On Thursday, unknown gunmen shot at a civilian Aero Contractor helicopter working for the Nigerian Agip oil Company at the Tebidabe flow station in the Southern Ijaw Council area of Bayelsa State. One civilian was wounded and the helicopter was damaged in attac. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The gunmen shot at the helicopter at the Tebidaba flow station in Southern Ijaw Council area of Bayelsa State.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity
Specific Description A civilian helicopter carrying oil workers
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were used in the attack.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Agence France Presse, "Nigerian Militants Attack Copter Carrying Oil Workers," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, February 26, 2009.
Africa News, "Nigeria: Gunmen Hit Oil Contractor's Helicopter," LexisNexis Academic, Africa News, February 26, 2009.
National Counterterroism Center, "One Civilian Wounded in Armed Attack by MEND in Tebidaba, Bayelsa, Nigeria," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, December 08, 2009.