Incident Summary:

12/09/2016: Two female suicide bombers detonated in a market in Madagali, Adamawa, Nigeria. In addition to the assailants, at least 57 people were killed and 177 people were injured in the blasts. 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: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Market
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Two explosives-laden belts 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 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 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 59 Fatalities / 177 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 59
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 177
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Nigeria Suicide Attacks Toll Reaches 45: Emergency Service," AFP (World Service), December 9, 2016.
"Nigeria: Twin bomb blast hits Maiduguri, North East Nigeria,", December 11, 2016.
"Toll rises to 57 in suicide bombings in northeast Nigeria," WSLS, December 10, 2016.