Incident Summary:

08/24/2020: Assailants raided Damba-Kasaya, Burkuku axis., Kaduna, Nigeria. At least one person was killed and six people were abducted from a school. One farmer was released or escaped and the fate of the remaining hostages is unknown. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that Fulani extremists and Boko Haram were involved in the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Burkuku axis.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Prince Academy
Specific Description Teachers
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Prince Academy
Specific Description Students
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Farmers
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 6
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram (suspected) No
Fulani extremists (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
"Nigeria and its kidnapping crisis," Nigerian Tribune, December 19, 2020.
"Kaduna school abduction: 1 person escapes," Weekly Trust, August 29, 2020.
"Gunmen kidnap 7 students, 1 female teacher in Kaduna," Online Nigeria News, August 26, 2020.