Incident Summary:

11/10/2014: A suicide bomber dressed as a student detonated at the Government Senior Science Secondary School in Potiskum town, Yobe state, Nigeria. In addition to the assailant, at least 47 people were killed and 79 people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Boko Haram.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Government Comprehensive Senior Science Secondary School
Specific Description School
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives 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 majority 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 48 Fatalities / 79 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 48
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 79
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suicide Bomber In School Uniform Kills 47 In Nigeria," AFP (World Service), November 11, 2014.
"Nigerian school bombed, 47 dead," CNN, November 10, 2014.
"Reports: Suicide bomber kills dozens at school in Nigeria," USA Today, November 10, 2014.