Incident Summary:

12/25/2011: A bomb targeting the Mountain of Fire and Minacles Church detonated in Jos, Plateau, Nigeria. Immediately following the blast, a gun battle erupted between militants and the police. One police officer was killed and four militants were arrested. This is one of multiple coordinated attacks claimed by Boko Haram on this day.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police officer
Specific Description 1 police officer
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Church
Specific Description Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church
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 Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Unknown Gun 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 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
Camillus Eboh and Felix Onuah, "Islamists kill dozens in Nigeria Christmas Bombs," Reuters, December 25, 2011.
"Toll from Nigeria Christmas attacks 'rises to 42'," Radio Netherlands Worldwide, December 30, 2011.
"Dozens of Nigerians killed in church bombings," Associated Press, December 26. 2011.