Incident Summary:

12/24/2010: On Friday night, in Jos, Plateau, Nigeria, in one of two related attacks, 38 people were killed and 74 others were injured when militants detonated four improvised explosive devices made with dynamite in the Kabong shopping market just minutes apart from one another. No material damage was reported and the militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack occurred in the Kabong shopping market in Jos, Plateau, Nigeria.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians
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
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
Four improvised explosive devices 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 38 Fatalities / 74 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 38
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 74
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Shuaibu Mohammed & Ibrahim Mshelizza, "Update Two-Christmas Eve Attacks Kill at Least 38 in Nigeria," Reuters, December 25, 2010,
Giang Nguyen, "Official Says Three Men Arrested with Bombs in Nigeria," CNN, December 27, 2010,
Agence France Presse, "Islamic Sect Website Claims Nigeria Bombings," World News Connection, Agence France Presse, December 28, 2010.