Incident Summary:

09/19/2013: Assailants attacked motorists, including a bullion van, along the Damboa-Maiduguri highway in Bulablin village, Borno state, Nigeria. At least 20 people were killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed it to Boko Haram.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Incident occurred along Damboa-Maiduguri road

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Bullian Van
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Nigeria Police Force (NPF)
Specific Description Security Escort
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 20
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
"20 feared dead in Nigeria Boko Haram attack," Philippines News Agency, September 22, 2013."
"36 killed as gunmen attack Borno, Plateau," Vanguard, September 21, 2013."
"Nigerian Islamists kill at least 159 in two attacks," Dominion Post, September 20, 2013."