Incident Summary:

08/13/2015: Assailants opened fire on residents in Kukuwa-Gari village, Yobe state, Nigeria. At least 160 people were killed by gunfire or drowning as they tried to escape by jumping in a nearby river. In addition, 14 assailants were killed following the raid. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Boko Haram, noting the assault was likely reprisal for the death of two Boko Haram members.




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 Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
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
Firearms Unknown Gun 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) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack 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 17
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 174 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 174
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 14
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Death Toll In Nigeria Boko Haram Massacre Rises To 160: Locals," AFP (World Service), August 19, 2015.
"Up To 150 Drowned, Shot Dead Fleeing Boko Haram In Nigeria," AFP (World Service), August 18, 2015.
"Nigeria: Boko Haram gunmen shoot fleeing villagers killing 150 people," International Business Times UK, August 18, 2015.