Incident Summary:

09/17/2013: Gunmen in military fatigues set up illegal checkpoints and attacked civilians in Beni Shiek village, Borno state, Nigeria. At least 142 people were killed and an unknown number of people were injured. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the group would not allow democracy to thrive.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Beni Shiek

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Beni Shiek Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 142 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 142
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Boko Haram attack on Nigeria town kills at least 87: official," Agence France Presse -- English, September 19, 2013.
"Boko Haram leader, Shekau resurfaces in new video?claims responsibility for Benisheik massacre," Nigeria Punch, September 26, 2013.
"Death toll rises to 161 in insurgent attack in northeastern Nigeria," UPI, September 20, 2013.