Incident Summary:

11/20/2017: Assailants attacked Fulani settlements in Safere, Numan, Adamawa, Nigeria. This was one of four coordinated attacks on Fulani settlements on the same day. At least 30 people were killed and an unknown number of others were injured across the attacks. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Bachama extremists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Numan district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Fulani Settlements
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incident 201711200022, 201711200023, 201711200038, and 201711200039.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Bachama extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"As Boko Haram, militia strike: 80 killed in Adamawa," Weekly Trust, November 25, 2017.
"27 die in Adamawa herdsmen, farmers' clash," Nigeria Punch, November 22, 2017.
"At least 30 killed in farmer-herder violence in Nigeria: police," The Nation Pakistan, November 22, 2017.