Incident Summary:

01/13/2017: Assailant armed with projectiles and firearms attacked Nigerian Army (NA) soldiers in Kangarwa, Borno, Nigeria. At least 13 people, including three soldiers and 10 assailants, were killed and 27 other soldiers and an unknown number of assailants were injured 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 incident.




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 Soldiers
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), AK-47 assault rifles, and Dane guns 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
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 13 Fatalities / 27 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 10
Total Number of Injured 27
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Army kills 10 terrorists in reprisal attack," The Guardian Nigeria, January 14, 2017.
"Nigeria: 10 militants killed in NE Borno state," Anadolu Ajansi, January 14, 2017.
"Nigeria: Three Nigerian soldiers, 10 insurgents die in gunfight,", January 14, 2017.