Incident Summary:

12/21/2020: Assailants raided Malamai, Katsina, Nigeria. At least 17 people, including village head Kabir Muhammed Ajiya, were abducted in the attack. The outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Fulani extremists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



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 Kaigar Malamai Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Village Head: Kabir Muhammed Ajiya
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 17
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 Unknown Gun 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 Claimed Responsibility
Fulani extremists No
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
"Bandits Kidnap Village Head, Wives, Others In Katsina,", December 22, 2020.
"Gunmen abduct village head, 16 others in fresh attack in Katsina," The Sun (Nigeria), December 22, 2020.
"Bandits Abduct Traditional Ruler, 15 Others In Fresh Attack On Katsina Community," Sahara Reporters, December 23, 2020.