Incident Summary:

10/28/2012: A suicide bomber in a vehicle attacked Saint Rita's Catholic Church at Ungwa Yero in the Malali area of Kaduna city, Kaduna state, Nigeria. At least three people, including the attacker, were killed and another 100 individuals injured in the blast. Riots broke out following the suicide bombing attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected Boko Haram.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
In Kaduna city

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity St. Rita's Church
Specific Description Catholic Church
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A tinted Toyota jeep was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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
Boko Haram (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Deadly bombing of Nigerian church sparks Christian reprisals," Agence France Presse -- English, October 28, 2012."
"Attack on Nigerian Church Kills 8 and Wounds Dozens," The New York Times, October 29, 2012."
"10 dead as Nigeria church bombing sparks revenge attacks," Agence France Presse -- English, October 28, 2012."