Incident Summary:

08/08/2009: On Saturday, in Utorogu, Delta, Nigeria, a gas pipeline was blown up by unidentified militants. Unused dynamite and control wires were found still planted at the spot after the attack. The Ughievwen Youth Body Fighters claimed responsibility. There were no reported casualties.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Utorogu, Delta, Nigeria.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Utilities
Name of Entity
Specific Description The target was a gas pipeline.
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
A remote triggered improvised explosive device was 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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force (NDPVF) Niger Delta Youth Coalition Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Africa News, "Nigeria; Armed Youth Blow Up Gas Pipeline in Delta," LexisNexis Academic, Africa News, August 9, 2009.
Xinhua News Agency, "Nigerial Gunmen Blow Up Gas Pipeline In Delta State," (August 9, 2009).
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Gas Pipeline Damaged in Bombing by Ughievwen Youth Body Fighters in Ughelli, Delta, Nigeria," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 15, 2010.