Incident Summary:

12/31/2016: Two young female suicide bombers attempted to attack a crowd near a food vendor in Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria. One assailant detonated, killing herself and injuring another person. The second assailant was lynched by the crowd. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Boko Haram.




Sub-Saharan Africa

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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
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives 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
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 / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Nigerian girl, 10, used in suicide bomb attack on New Year's Eve; One person seriously injured in attack bearinghallmarks ofBoko Haram," The Independent, January 1, 2017.
"Suicide bomber, aged 10, blows herself up in attack at Maiduguri food market," International Business Times UK, January 1, 2017.
"10-year-old girl used as human bomb in Nigeria attack," Nigeria Sun, January 1, 2017.