Incident Summary:

12/18/2016: Security forces identified and attempted to intercept two female suicide bombers in Geleri, near Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria. One assailant detonated, killing herself and the other assailant, and injuring three civilians. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Maiduguri

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Geleri area near Maiduguri.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
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)
Weapon Details
Two explosives-laden vests 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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Two killed, 3 injured in Nigerian bomb blast," World Bulletin, December 19, 2016."
"Nigeria: 2 suicide bombers killed, two civilians injured in northeast Nigeria,", December 19, 2016."