Incident Summary:

09/25/2020: Assailants attacked the convoy of Umar Babagana Zulum, the governor of Borno, in Korochara, Monguno district, Borno, Nigeria. At least 30 people, including 12 police, nine civilians, four militia members, and five soldiers - who were abducted and later executed, were killed in the attack. It is unknown whether the attack resulted in any other casualties. The Al-Barnawi faction (Islamic State West Africa Province-ISWAP) faction of Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Monguno district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Borno State
Specific Description Convoy of Governor: Umar Babagana Zulum
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Nigerian Armed Forces
Specific Description Joint Military-Police Convoy
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF)
Specific Description Personnel
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 5
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and machine guns were used in the attack.
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 also included civilians. The victims were identified as Government Officials Abubakar Kyari, Mohammed Monguno, and Bukar Kareto; and Security Forces Mba Mathew, Ibrahim Muhammad, David Jarta, Jerry Joseph, John Barka, Elijah Gwarza, Eheboya Osaheinde, and Nura Aminu. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
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: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 30 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 30
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"5 missing soldiers abducted by insurgents during Friday’s attack slaughtered," Vanguard, September 28, 2020.
"Casualties from Boko Haram Attack on Governor Zulum Rise to 30,", September 27, 2020.
"B’Haram attack: How Borno governor escaped death," Nigeria Punch, September 26, 2020.