Incident Summary:

03/01/2012: Assailants shot and killed four Joint Task Force (JTF) soldiers at the Okpoama River junction on the Brass waterway in Brass village, 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 attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Brass

Location Details:
Brass waterway, Okpoama River junction

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Joint Task Force (JTF)
Specific Description Soldiers
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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
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
"Gunmen kill seven in Nigeria's delta region," The Press Trust of India Limited, March 2, 2012.
"We Killed More Than 10 Soldiers - MEND," Vanguard, March 7, 2012.
"JTF Declares Shot Col., Three Others Missing," This Day (Lagos), March 3, 2012.