Incident Summary:

02/19/2014: Assailants used firearms and explosives to attack residents in Bama town, Borno state, Nigeria. At least 96 people were killed and an unknown number of people were wounded in the attack. In addition, an unknown number of buildings, including the palace of the traditional ruler, were set on fire and destroyed. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Boko Haram.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Bama Town
Specific Description Town
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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 incident 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 96 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 96
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
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"Roundup: 90 dead bodies recovered in northeast Nigeria after attacks: official," Philippines News Agency, February 21, 2014.
"Nigeria's Boko Haram Kill 47 in Attack on Northeastern Town," Bloomberg, February 20, 2014.