Incident Summary:

12/22/2019: Assailants attacked Maina Hari, Borno, Nigeria. two civilians were killed and 13 civilians were injured in the incident. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Al-Barnawi faction of Boko Haram, also known as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Maina Hari

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Maina Ari Village
Specific Description Village
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
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
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) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Troops repel B/Haram attack in Biu," Daily Trust Nigera, December 24, 2019.
"Two killed, 13 injured in military checkpoint attack in Nigeria," Gulf Times, December 24, 2019.
"Boko Haram Terrorists Kidnap Two Aid Workers, Kill Four Travellers," Nigeria News Shafaqna, December 24, 2019.