Incident Summary:

12/12/2015: Assailants attacked military chief Lieutenant Colonel Tukur Buratai in Zaria city, Kaduna state, Nigeria. Soldiers repelled the assault, killing seven assailants. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Islamic Movement (Nigeria). Representatives from the Islamic Movement (Nigeria), however, claimed that military opened fire on Movement members without provocation.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Nigerian Army (NA)
Specific Description Convoy of Chief of Staff: Lieutenant Colonel Tukur Buratai
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Firearms and unidentified thrown objects 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actor
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the military may have initiated the clash. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic Movement (Nigeria) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 7
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"At least 10 People Killed in Clash Between Nigerian Army, Muslim Sect in North," The Nation Online, December 13, 2015.
"Shi'ite sect members killed in clash with Nigerian army convoy," Reuters Africa, December 13, 2015.