Incident Summary:

12/25/2019: Assailants attacked police and national guards in Sanam, Tillaberi, Niger. At least 14 security personnel were killed and four were wounded in the incident, while the assailants sustained an unknown number of casualties. Additionally, an unknown number of people were reported missing and their whereabouts are unknown. The Al-Barnawi faction of Boko Haram, also known as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), claimed responsibility for the attack.




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 National Guard of Niger (GNN)
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Niger
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Gendarmerie
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Niger
Additional Information
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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) 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 14 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Fourteen security force members killed in Niger," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, December 26, 2019.
"Fourteen troops killed in Niger ambush," Al Jazeera, December 26, 2019.
"14 Nigerien security force members killed in militant attack," Xinhua General News Service, December 27, 2019.