Incident Summary:

12/29/2016: Assailants raided Dogongona community in Rafi district, Niger state, Nigeria. This was one of four coordinated attacks in two communities in Rafi over two days. At least 30 people were abducted in the first two raids, while four people were killed and an unknown number of women were sexually assaulted across all four raids. One person escaped, while the whereabouts of the remaining hostages are unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources suspected that Boko Haram was involved.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Rafi district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Dogongona Community
Specific Description Community
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 15
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 97799.70
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes The assailants demanded between two and three million NGR for the release of each hostage. Following GTD protocol, the lowest estimate of 2 million NGR ($6,519.98 USD) per hostage was used to estimate the total ransom demanded.
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Other Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
AK-47 assault rifles, locally made firearms, machetes, and daggers were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Hostage numbers represent a division of the total number of those kidnapped across incidents 201612290040 and 201612290041. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed across incidents 201612290040, 201612290041, 201612300024, and 201612300025.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Marauders invade Niger communities, kill, rape, rustle 250 cattle," Daily Sun, January 2, 2017.
"Suspected Boko Haram bandits kill 4, kidnap 30, stole 250 cattles in Niger state,", January 2, 2017.