Incident Summary:

07/18/2014: Assailants opened fire on residents in Damboa town, Borno state, Nigeria. At least 100 people were killed and an unknown number of people were injured in the attack. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the incident.




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 Damboa Town
Specific Description Town
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 Other Explosive Type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), homemade explosive devices, and firearms 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: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 100 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 100
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
"Extremists kill more than 100 in northeast Nigeria," The Associated Press, July 19, 2014.
"Boko Haram Islamists 'kill many' in northeast attack," Agence France Presse -- English, July 18, 2014.
"Nigeria Boko Haram attack causes over 15,000 to flee," Reuters UK, July 21, 2014.