Incident Summary:

01/30/2015: Assailants opened fire on residents and set fire to buildings in Nwonko village, Taraba state, Nigeria. At least 27 people were killed and 80 others were injured in the assault. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Fulani militants.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Nwonko Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Fulani extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 27 Fatalities / 80 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 27
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 80
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"27 feared killed, 80 injured in Taraba attack," The Nation Nigeria, January 31, 2015."
"17 killed As Wukari Boils Again," Leadership, January 31, 2015."
"30 killed as gunmen attack village in Taraba," Nigerian Tribune, January 31, 2015."