Incident Summary:

02/04/2012: An Agip Oil pipeline caught fire when it was attacked in Brass area, Bayelsa state, Niger Delta region, Nigeria. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed the attack, stating it was the first in a campaign to stop Nigerian oil production, which they asserted interfered with citizens' fight for more equitable distribution of national oil wealth. Authorities discredited the claim, citing an amnesty deal that MEND signed in 2009.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Niger Delta region

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Utilities
Name of Entity Nigerian Agip Oil Company
Specific Description Installation
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/Bombs/Dynamite Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
Dynamite 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 Claimed Responsibility
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
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
"Nigeria Dismisses 'Oil Rebel' Claim of Pipeline Attack," AFP (World Service), February 7, 2012.
"BRIEF: Nigerian militants claim attack on oil pipeline," DPA (Berlin), February 6, 2012.
"Nigeria army condemns attack on Agip oil pipeline," Agence France Presse, February 5, 2012.