Incident Summary:

12/24/2020: Assailants attacked the residence of the Chairman of Katsina-Alain in Katsina Ala, Benue, Nigeria. Three police officers and two civilians were killed in the attack and an unknown number of people were injured in the attack. The Chairman, Alfred Avalumun Atera, was unharmed. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Katsina Ala

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Katsina-Alain
Specific Description Residence of Chair: Alfred Avalumun Atera
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Nigeria Police Force (NPF)
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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
Additional Information The victims included the Chair's gate guard.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 5
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
"Gunmen kill 3 policemen, 2 others in Benue," The Sun (Nigeria), December 25, 2020.
"Gunmen invade home of Benue LG chair, kill 3 police officers, 2 others," Vanguard, December 24, 2020.