Incident Summary:

11/03/2016: Assailants, including two suicide bombers, opened fire on Nigerian Army (NA) soldiers in Gwoza district, Borno, Nigeria. At least five people, including one soldier and four assailants, were killed in the ensuing clash. This was one of two related attacks in Gwoza district on the same day. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attacks to Boko Haram.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Gwoza district

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 Armed Forces
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
AK-47 assault rifles were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"5 terrorists, 1 soldier die in failed suicide attack in Borno," The Guardian Nigeria, November 4, 2016.
"Nigeria: Army kills 3 suicide bombers, 2 Boko Haram terrorists in northeastern Nigeria,", November 4, 2016.
"Xinhua: Nigerian Troops Foil Two Suicide Attacks In Northern State: Spokesman," Xinhua, November 4, 2016.