Incident Summary:

12/05/2015: A suicide bomber detonated at a market in Koulfoua island, Mamdi district, Lac prefecture, Chad. This was one of three coordinated suicide attacks on the market in a short period of time. In addition to four assailants, at least 15 people were killed and 130 people were injured in the three blasts. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources attributed the attacks to Boko Haram.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Mamdi district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Market
Nationality of Target Chad
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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. Casualty numbers for this attack represent a division of a cumulative total of killed and wounded across incidents 201512050008, 201512050009, and 201512050010.
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 6 Fatalities / 43 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 43
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Chad: Security Sources Say Triple Suicide Blasts Kill 27," BBC Online, December 5, 2015.
"Triple suicide blast kills dozens on Lake Chad island," Al Jazeera, December 5, 2015.
"Triple suicide blast kills 30 in Lake Chad," Xinhua News Agency, December 6, 2015.