Incident Summary:

12/25/2011: Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack on St. Teresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger, Nigeria. This attack was one of four that day. A bomb exploded while the church was full of people for Christmas mass. The explosion destroyed cars in the area and did major damage to the church itself. In total, 37 people were killed and 57 were wounded. A man named Kabiru Soko was arrested for his role in the bombing.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
On the outskirts of Abuja

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Church
Specific Description St. Teresa Catholic Church
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
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: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 37 Fatalities / 57 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 37
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 57
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Camillus Eboh and Felix Onuah, "Islamists kill dozens in Nigeria Christmas Bombs," Reuters, December 25, 2011.
"Suspect in Nigeria's Christmas day bomb attack escapes," Radio Netherlands Worldwide, January 19, 2012.
"Nigerian Christmas bomb death toll rises to 37," Reuters, December 30, 2011.