Incident Summary:

04/05/2013: Gunmen opened fire on a broken boat of police officers in Logbia 2 area, Bayelsa state, Nigeria. At least 14 people, including police officers and militants, died in the attack. Additionally, an unknown number of people were injured in the fighting. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility for the ambush.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
City is located near Azuzama, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area

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 Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Multiple AK-47s and other automatic weapons were 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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 14 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ambush on Police in Nigeria Oil Region Leaves 12 Missing," AFP (World Service), April 7, 2013.
"Boat Driver Reveals How 12 Policemen Were Killed In Bayelsa," The Guardian Nigeria, April 20, 2013.
"Bayelsa boat driver narrates how gunmen killed policemen," Nigeria Punch, April 14, 2013.