Incident Summary:

04/18/2016: Assailants equipped with explosives and firearms attacked military forces in Kareto, Borno, Nigeria. At least 30 assailants were killed and 24 military personnel were injured in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Boko Haram.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Nigerian Army (NA)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Artillery, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 30 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 30
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 30
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Boko Haram Attacks Nigerian Soldiers: Army, Soldier, Chief," AFP (World Service), April 18, 2016.
"24 Soldiers Wounded As Nigeria Troops Repel Boko Haram: Army," AFP (World Service), April 18, 2016.
"Troops Repel Boko Haram Attack, Kill 30 Terrorists In Kareto, Borno State,", April 19, 2016.