Incident Summary:

12/18/2020: Assailants ambushed a civilian convoy along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway in Garin Kuturu, Konduga district, Borno, Nigeria. At least one person was killed, four were injured, and 35 were abducted in the attack. The outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. The Al-Barnawi faction (Islamic State West Africa Province-ISWAP) of Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the group specifically targeted Christian civilians during the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Garin Kuturu

Location Details:
The incident occurred on the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway in Konduga district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian Transport Convoy
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 35
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Firearms, including two anti-aircraft guns mounted on Toyota Hilux pickup trucks, and fire 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 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 1 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Nigeria Jihadists Kill Five Soldiers, Kidnap Dozens Of Civilians," International Business Times Australia, December 20, 2020.
"Gunmen Abduct 35 Travellers Along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road," Daily Independent (Nigeria), December 20, 2020.
"1 Killed, 4 Injured, Dozens Of Travellers Kidnapped On Highway," Weekly Trust, December 19, 2020.