Incident Summary:

03/31/2011: On Thursday, in Katsina, Katsina, Nigeria, unidentified militants attempted to detonate two remote controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs) that had been concealed in two laptop bags and placed at a political rally for Muhammadu Buhari, a Nigerian presidential candidate. The Nigerian police located and defused the two RCIEDs before they could be detonated. No casualties or material damage was reported in the incident. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attempted attack occurred at a political rally in Katsina, Katsina, Nigeria.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity
Specific Description A political rally was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
Two remote triggered improvised explosive devices placed in laptop bags were used in the attack.
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
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 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
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Agence France Presse, "Two Bombs Found at Nigerian Opposition Rally: Candidate," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, March 31, 2011.
Nanaimo Daily News, "Two Bombs Found at Nigerian Opposition Rally," LexisNexis Academic, Nanaimo Daily News, April 01, 2011.