Incident Summary:

12/11/2020: Assailants on motorcycles armed with guns attacked a secondary school in Mai-Gaterie neighborhood, Kankara, Katsina, Nigeria. Between 363 and 523 male students were abducted in the attack. Security forces attempted to rescue the hostages on December 15, 2021. 17 hostages were rescued, and two others killed during the attempt. 344 hostages were released on December 17, 2020. The released hostages suggested that some hostages were killed in captivity – though it is unclear if they are referencing the captives killed during the earlier rescue attempt. Many of the hostages were beaten and tortured during their abduction. The fate of the remaining hostages is unknown. Auwalu Daudawa, a Fulani leader, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was intended to draw attention to the "mass killing" of his people. Daudawa denied that the group demanded a ransom payment and denied any links with Boko Haram. The Shekau faction of Boko Haram also claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the kidnapping, which targeted students, "was done to promote Islam and discourage un-Islamic practices as Western education is not the type of education permitted by Allah and his holy prophet."




Sub-Saharan Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in Mai-Gaterie neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Government Science Secondary School
Specific Description School
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Melee Unknown Weapon Type
Weapon Details
AK-47 rifles assault 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram (suspected) Shekau faction Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Fulani extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
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
"17 Nigerian students rescued from Boko Haram, two dead: Official," Al Jazeera, December 16, 2020.
"None is missing, says vice-principal on return of Kankara schoolboys," TheCable, December 18, 2020.
"Nigerian boy tells of abduction by extremists and his escape," The Independent, December 17, 2020.