Incident Summary:

12/17/2019: Assailants abducted five civilians from a house in Wukari, Ganye, Adamawa, Nigeria. At least four police officers were injured while responding to the attack, and the outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to Boko Haram.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Wukari neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Nigeria Police Force (NPF)
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 5
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
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 Hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Boko Haram Abducts Four Persons In Adamawa," Daily Independent (Nigeria), December 18, 2019.
"Gunmen abduct 2 nursing mothers, 3 children, injure 4 policemen in Adamawa," Sun News, December 17, 2019.
"Cops injured as gunmen abduct five in Adamawa," Nigeria Punch, December 17, 2019.