Incident Summary:

10/22/2013: An explosive device detonated at a Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) facility in Warri city, Delta state, Nigeria. At least thirty individuals were injured and the facility was several damaged by the resulting fire. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that it was part of their Hurricane Exodus operation; however, authorities disputed this and stated that the explosion was the result of an accident.

GTD ID:
201310220022

When:
2013-10-22

Country:
Nigeria

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Delta

City:
Warri

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC)
Specific Description Facility
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Authorities disputed the claim of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and stated that the explosion was the result of an accident.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 30 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 30
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Reports: Fire at Nigeria's Warri oil refinery," Beaver County Times, October 22, 2013."
"MEND Claims Responsibility for Refinery Attack," Petroleum Africa Magazine, October 24, 2013."
"MEND claims responsibility for refinery fire," eNCA, October 23, 2013."