Incident Summary:

12/29/2020: Assailants attacked Tungushe, Borno, Nigeria. Security forces repelled the attack. At least three assailants were killed while two soldiers and an unknown number of assailants were injured in the ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Boko Haram.




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 Nigerian Army (NA)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Tungushe Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Two anti-aircraft guns mounted on Hilux pickup trucks and AK-47 assault rifles 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
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 3 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Troops ‘kill 3’ Boko Haram insurgents in Borno," TheCable, December 30, 2020.
"Several Terrorists Killed In Borno Army Ambush," Sahel Standard, December 30, 2020.
"Nigerian troops smoke ISWAP terrorists in military uniform," Online Nigeria News, December 30, 2020.