Incident Summary:

11/28/2014: Two suicide bombers and a roadside bomb detonated at the Grand Mosque in Kano city, Kano state, Nigeria. Assailants opened fire on worshippers fleeing the explosions. In addition to the assailants, at least 120 people were killed and 270 people were injured in the attack. 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) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Grand Mosque
Specific Description Mosque
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)
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Two suicide bombers, a roadside bomb and firearms were 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. 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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 122 Fatalities / 270 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 122
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 270
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Nigeria: Kano mosque blasts death toll above 102," The Associated Press, November 29, 2014.
"Nigerian mosque attack death toll climbs over 100, scores more hurt," CNN Wire, November 29, 2014.
"At Least 120 Dead In Nigeria Mosque Suicide Attack," AFP (World Service), November 28, 2014.