Incident Summary:

12/11/2016: Two young female suicide bombers detonated at a market in Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria. At least 17 people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Boko Haram.

GTD ID:
201612110022

When:
2016-12-11

Country:
Nigeria

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Borno

City:
Maiduguri

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
Property Damage No
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 conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest 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 2 Fatalities / 17 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 17
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Girl suicide bombers 'aged 7 or 8' blow themselves up in Nigeria market," ITV.com, December 11, 2016."
"Nigeria: Twin bomb blast hits Maiduguri, North East Nigeria," Panapress.com, December 11, 2016."
"Young Children Used as Suicide Bombers in Maiduguri, Nigeria," NBCNews.com, December 12, 2016."