Incident Summary:

12/12/2020: Assailants attacked Askira, Borno, Nigeria. Security forces responded to the assault. At least two assailants and one security official were killed and two soldiers and an unknown number of assailants were injured in the ensuing clash. The Al-Barnawi faction (Islamic State West Africa Province-ISWAP) of Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that the targeted town had geographic importance for the Nigerian military, noting its proximity to other towns frequently attacked by the group and the military's use of it for supply lines.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Askira Town
Specific Description Town
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
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 Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), anti-aircraft guns, PKT machine guns, AK-47 assault rifles, and gun trucks 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 lowest 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: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Insurgents attack Borno town, call for prayers Misbahu Bashir, Maiduguri," Daily Trust Nigeria, December 14, 2020.
"Soldier, 2 Boko Haram members killed, scores injured in Borno, Askira attack — Sources," Online Nigeria News, December 13, 2020.
"How Army Killed 20 Terrorists, Destroys Four Gun Trucks In Borno," Sahel Standard, December 13, 2020.