Nganzai funeral attack

On 27 July 2019 a squad of Boko Haram terrorists opened fire on a group of people walking from a funeral in Nganzai District of Borno State, Nigeria. At least 65 people were killed in the attack and 10 injured people were hospitalized.[2] The attack occurred as part of the Boko Haram insurgency.[3]

Nganzai funeral attack
Part of Boko Haram insurgency[1]
Nganzai funeral attack is located in Nigeria
Nganzai funeral attack
Nganzai funeral attack (Nigeria)
LocationNganzai District, Borno State, Nigeria
Date27 July 2019
10:30 GMT [2]
TargetCivilians returning from a funeral
Attack type
PerpetratorsBoko Haram


Around 10:30 GMT several Boko Haram extremists riding in motorbikes and vans[1] opened fire on a large group of people returning to the village of Badu Kuluwu from a funeral in Goni Abachari. Angry mourners retaliated against the assault by attempting to chase after the terrorists, but were fired upon by the attacking convoy as it fled. In the aftermath of the attack 65 people were dead: 23 people were killed when the terrorists initially opened fire on the group and another 42 perished from gunfire while attempting to chase the gunmen.[4]


Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari directed Nigeria's air and army forces to scour the area for the attackers after the attack.[4] Nganzai local government chairman Muhammad Bulama confirmed a death toll of 65 people and 10 injuries in a statement to the media the next day. Bulimia labeled the terrorist attack as a reprisal attack, occurring in response to a civilian self-defense group killing 11 Boko Haram extremists while countering an ambush a week earlier.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Militants gun down dozens of mourners in Nigeria". BBC. 2019-07-28. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  2. ^ a b c d "Boko Haram gunmen target mourners in deadly funeral attack". France 24. 2019-07-28. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  3. ^ Ives, Mike (2019-07-29). "Suspected Boko Haram Attack on Funeral in Nigeria Leaves at Least 65 Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  4. ^ a b "Nigeria: Death toll in Boko Haram funeral attack rises to 65". Al Jazeera. 28 July 2019.
  5. ^ Abdulrahim, Ismail Alfa (2019-07-28). "More than 60 killed in extremist attack on Nigeria villagers". AP NEWS. Retrieved 2019-07-28.