Incident Summary:

03/18/2013: At least two suicide bombers in an explosives-laden vehicle rammed into a full passenger bus at a bus station in Sabon Gari area, Kano city, Kano state, Nigeria. At least 37 people were killed and another 75 were injured in the explosion and five buses were destroyed. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, suspicion fell on Boko Haram.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Incident occurred in the Sabon Gari area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Bus Station
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
An explosive-laden blue Volkswagen Golf driven by two suicide bombers 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 39 Fatalities / 75 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 39
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 75
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Survivors Recount Terror of Deadly Nigeria Station Attack," AFP (World Service), March 19, 2013."
"41 dead in suicide bomb attack in Nigeria," Mail & Guardian Online, March 20, 2013."
"Police confirm 22 killed, 65 injured in northern Nigeria motor park explosion," Xinhua News Agency, March 19, 2013."