Incident Summary:

12/26/2020: Assailants attacked Khiributu Debiro, Hawul district, Borno, Nigeria. This was one of four coordinated attacks on villages in Borno on the same day. At least 10 people were killed and six were injured across the attacks. The Al-Barnawi faction (Islamic State West Africa Province-ISWAP) of Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the incidents and stated that the attacks targeted Christian civilians.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Khiributu Debiro

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Hawul district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Debiro Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
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
Weapon Details
Firearms, including ten pickup trucks mounted with guns, and fire were used in the attack.
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 Casualties represent a division of the total number killed/wounded across incidents 202012260012, 202012260013, 202012260014, and 202012260015.
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 3 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"10 Dead Bodies Counted Following Boko Haram’s Attack On Borno Communities,", December 27, 2020.
"Residents Flee As Boko Haram Attacks Four Villages In Borno," Information Nigeria, December 27, 2020.
"At least 10 dead in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria," News24, December 27, 2020.