Incident Summary:

12/19/2020: Assailants abducted 80 students as they travelled between Unguwar Al-Kasim and Mahuta villages in Dandume district, Katsina, Nigeria. The hostages were rescued the following day. This was one of two related attacks carried out by the assailants on this date. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Fulani extremists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Dandume district

Location Details:
The incident occurred between Unguwar Al-Kasim and Mahuta.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Students
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 80
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Sources report conflicting hostage numbers; majority figure used
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Fulani extremists No
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
"Police, vigilante rescue 84 Katsina students kidnapped by bandits," Vanguard, December 20, 2020.
"Nigeria: Vigilantes rescue kidnapped children," Deutsche Welle, December 20, 2020.
"Nigeria: release of dozens of schoolchildren after another kidnapping," The Limited Times, December 20, 2020.