Incident Summary:

11/03/2014: A suicide bomber detonated targeting Shia Muslim Brotherhood members taking part in an Ashura ceremony in Potiskum town, Yobe state, Nigeria. In addition to the assailant, at least 30 people were killed and 119 people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Boko Haram.

GTD ID:
201411030043

When:
2014-11-03

Country:
Nigeria

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Yobe

City:
Potiskum

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Ashura Procession
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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 attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 31 Fatalities / 119 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 31
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 119
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Suicide blast at Nigeria ceremony," CNN, November 3, 2014."
"Yobe to probe Potiskum blast, death toll rises to 30," The Guardian Nigeria, November 7, 2014."
"Suicide bomber kills 32 in northeast Nigeria," The Associated Press, November 3, 2014."