Incident Summary:

11/21/2020: Assailants attacked a military and Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) patrol in Pilimari, Nganzai district, Borno, Nigeria. At least six soldiers were killed and 26 others were wounded in the attack. Additionally, an unknown number of others were reported missing in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Boko Haram.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Nganzai district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Nigerian Army (NA)
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF)
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Nigeria
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.)
Explosives Land Mine
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Rockets, landmines, and automatic 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 Casualties conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent 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 6 Fatalities / 26 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 26
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Six Nigerian soldiers killed in Borno ambush Boko Haram terrorist attack,", November 23, 2020.
"Seven Soldiers Feared Dead In Borno Landmine Attack," Channels TV Nigeria, November 23, 2020.
"Boko Haram: Six Nigerian soldiers killed in Borno ambush,", November 22, 2020.