Incident Summary:

12/10/2019: Assailants attacked a military base in Inates, Tillaberi, Niger. At least 71 military personnel and 57 assailants were killed and 12 military personnel and an unknown number of assailants were injured in the incident. In addition, several soldiers were reported missing following the attack. 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 Niger Armed Forces
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Niger
Additional Information
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Mortars and firearms 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: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 128 Fatalities / 12 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 128
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 57
Total Number of Injured 12
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"71 soldiers killed in Niger military camp attack," Al Jazeera, December 11, 2019.
"Militant Ambush in Niger Kills at Least 71 Soldiers, Army Says," The New York Times, December 11, 2019.
"IS Claims Responsibility For Niger Attack Which Killed 71: SITE," International Business Times, December 12, 2019.