Incident Summary:

09/11/2020: Assailants abducted four Borno state ministry of reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement officials and one civilian in Kareto, Borno, Nigeria. The hostages were released as of October 4, 2020. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that they would attack staff of international and local NGOs who worked for "the enemies of Islam.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Borno State Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement
Specific Description Officials
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 5
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 23
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram Al-Barnawi faction (Islamic State West Africa Province-ISWAP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"ISWAP abducts 4 Borno officials, driver near Damasak Crime," Daily Trust Nigeria, September 21, 2020.
"ISWAP Frees Five Abducted Borno Officials," AllAfrica Web Publications (English) UNASSIGNED, October 5, 2020.
"IS claims torching Red Cross vehicles in northeast Nigeria," RocketChat messaging service, September 18, 2020.