Incident Summary:

12/24/2020: Assailants raided Pemi, Borno, Nigeria. At least 11 people were killed an a priest was abducted in the attack. The outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Shekau faction of Boko Haram.




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 Pemi Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Evangelical Church of the Brethren
Specific Description Priest
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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 Casualties 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 Shekau faction No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 11
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
"Boko Haram kills at least seven in Christmas Eve attack in Nigeria, local official says," CNN Wire, December 25, 2020.
"Boko Haram burns church in Chibok, kills six on Christmas eve," TheCable, December 25, 2020.
"Boko Haram kills 11 in Christmas Eve attack," Gulf Times, December 25, 2020.