Incident Summary:

10/14/2019: Assailants opened fire on Azagba Mixed Secondary School in Issele-Azagba, Delta, Nigeria. An unknown number of security guards were injured and four school staff members and two students were abducted in the attack. One kidnapped teacher was killed and the remaining abductees were rescued as of October 15, 2019. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Fulani extremists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Azagba Mixed Secondary School
Specific Description School
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 6
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 The victims included teachers Isiroro, Okonta, and Ifeanyichukwu as well as the school's principal, Onyeje Bridget. Hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Fulani extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
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
"Abducted students, principal, others in Delta regain freedom," Vanguard, October 15, 2019.
"Gunmen abduct two school children in Delta," The Nation (Nigeria), October 14, 2019.
"Suspected herdsmen kidnap four Delta teachers,", October 15, 2019.