Incident Summary:

04/14/2014: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated at the Nyanya bus terminal in Abuja city, Abuja Capital Territory, Nigeria. At least 71 people were killed and 124 others were wounded in the blast. Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for the blast, stating that the attack was in retaliation for Nigeria's cooperation with the United States in killing Muslims.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at Nyanya bus terminal

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 Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 71 Fatalities / 124 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 71
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 124
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Security forces parade Nyanya bombing suspects," Daily Trust, May 12, 2014."
"Boko Haram leader claims bombing, stays mum on kidnapped schoolgirls," CNN Wire, April 19, 2014."
"Nyanya blast turns traffic hell," Daily Trust, April 23, 2014."