Incident Summary:

04/13/2007: Three people were killed when gunmen entered a mosque in Kano, Nigeria and opened fire on the congregation. The target of the attack, a radical cleric named Sheikh Jafar Adam, was among those killed. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Jaffar Adam
Specific Description Pastor
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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
Additional Information The shooting came a day before Nigerians go to the polls to elect state governors and legislators, but it was unclear whether Adam's murder was politically motivated.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
Donald Andoor, “Islamic Cleric Shot Dead in Kano,” This Day (Nigeria) – AAGM, April 14, 2007.
Staff, “Muslim Cleric, Two Others, Killed in Mosque in Nigeria,” Agence France Presse, April 13, 2007.
Staff, “Nigerian Government Deploys Troops after Murder of Islamic Cleric,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, April 13, 2007.