Incident Summary:

03/01/2012: Assailants shot and killed four police officers on a patrol boat on the Nembe River, Bayelsa state, Nigeria. This was one of two related attacks targeting security forces in Bayelsa on this day. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that they are at war with Nigeria's police force and will accordingly attack whenever the opportunity presents itself.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Nembe River

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Nigeria Police Force (NPF)
Specific Description Patrol Boat
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority estimates are reported here.
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 4 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
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
"MEND says at 'war' with Nigerian security agents," Agence France Presse -- English, March 4, 2012.
"MEND claims killing of four policemen in Nigeria," Agence France Presse -- English, March 2, 2012.
"Nigeria group claims killings in oil-rich delta," Associated Press Online, March 2, 2012.