Incident Summary:

07/27/2009: On Monday, in one of four related attacks, in Maiduguri of Borno State, Nigeria, suspected Boko Haram militants attacked the city, leaving at least 50 civilians, 22 suspected militants, two police officers, and one prison officer dead. The militants also destroyed a primary school by unknown means. No group claimed responsibility.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
At a primary school in Maiduguri.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unknown
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity
Specific Description A primary school
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description A city was targeted.
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
Weapon Details
Unknown weapons were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of four related attacks (cf. 200907270016, 200907270027 and 200907270028). The available sources listed the fatalities for these attacks cumulatively as 303, so these figures have been distributed evenly for these cases in order to preserve statistical accuracy.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 75 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 75
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 22
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Ibrahim Mshelizza, "Hundreds Of Bodies in Streets after Nigeria Unrest," Reuters, July 31, 2009,
Press TV, "Fierce Clashes Continue in Nigeria,"§ionid=351020505 (July 29, 2009).
Jane's Intelligence, "Islamist Militants Attack State Targets in Nigeria's Maiduguri," Terrorism Watch Report, July 28, 2009.