Incident Summary:

11/04/2016: Assailants opened fire on Nigerian Army (NA) soldiers in Bisagana, Borno, Nigeria. At least 15 people, including one soldier and 14 assailants, were killed and four other soldiers were injured in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Boko Haram.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Nigerian Army (NA)
Specific Description 119th Battalion Soldiers
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Machine guns and AK-47 assault rifles 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) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information The victims included Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Abu Ali. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
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 15 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 15
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 14
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Boko Haram attacks army base in Borno, 14 terrorists, 1 Lt. Colonel, 4 soldiers killed," Nigerian Tribune, November 5, 2016.
"Boko Haram kill officer, 6 soldiers in Nigeria gunfight," Anadolu Ajansi, November 5, 2016.
"Suspected militants kill Nigerian soldier in attack," Punch Online, November 5, 2016.