Incident Summary:

03/14/2014: Assailants attacked the Giwa Army Barracks and a University of Maiduguri hostel in Maiduguri city, Borno state, Nigeria. At least 207 assailants and five other people, including soldiers and at least one student, were killed and an unknown number of people were wounded in the attack. An unknown number of prisoners, who were being held at the base, were freed as a result of the attack. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity University of Maiduguri
Specific Description University Hostel
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Nigerian Army (NA)
Specific Description Giwa Army Barracks
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
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Rocket propelled grenades, thrown bombs, automatic weapons, and incendiaries 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
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 Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 207
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 212 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 212
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 207
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Boko Haram claims Nigerian barracks attack: video," Agence France Presse -- English, March 24, 2014.
"Gunfire and blasts heard in Nigerian city," Al Jazeera, March 14, 2014.
"Boko Haram attacks military, frees 'dozens' of rebel prisoners," Agence France Presse -- English, March 14, 2014.