Incident Summary:

01/07/2017: Assailants opened fire on Nigerian Army (NA) soldiers in Buni Yadi, Yobe, Nigeria. At least 20 people, including five soldiers and 15 assailants, were killed in the ensuing clash. The Al-Barnawi faction of Boko Haram, also known as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), claimed responsibility for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Buni Yadi

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 Soldiers
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram Al-Barnawi faction (Islamic State West Africa Province-ISWAP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 20
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 15
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Boko Haram Attacks Nigerian Army Base, Five Soldiers Killed: Military Source," New York Times, January 8, 2017.
"Boko Haram attacks army brigade in Yobe kills soldiers," The Nation Nigeria, January 8, 2017.
"Army Repels Boko Haram Attack On Yobe’s Buni Yadi," Channels TV Nigeria, January 7, 2017.