Incident Summary:

07/25/2017: Assailants opened fire on a Frontier Exploration Services team convoy, which included Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) employees, University of Maiduguri lecturers, Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) members, and military personnel in Jibi, Magumeri area, Borno, Nigeria. At least 69 people were killed, an unknown number were injured, and at least three people were abducted in the attack. All three hostages were released on February 10, 2018. 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:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Magumeri district near the Chad Lake Basin.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity University of Maiduguri
Specific Description Surface Geochemistry Sampling Team Convoy
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)
Specific Description Frontier Exploration Services Convoy
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Nigerian Army (NA)
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 200
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and professors Doctor Solomon Yusuf, Doctor Manaja Uba, Doctor Millitus Joseph, Idris Abubakar Njodi and Doctor Daniel Birma. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here. Hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest 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: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 69 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 69
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Boko Haram hands over 13 hostages," BBC, February 10, 2018.
"Boko Haram releases video of abducted Nigerian oil workers," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, July 29, 2017.
"Army Makes U-Turn, Retracts Statement On Oil Workers’ Rescue," Channels TV Nigeria, July 29, 2017.