Incident Summary:

01/13/2017: Three female suicide bombers, including two that were carrying infants, detonated near the market in Madagali, Adamawa, Nigeria. In addition to the assailants, at least six people were killed and 14 other people were injured in the blasts. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that the attack was carried out by 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 Madagali Market
Specific Description Marketplace
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
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
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 (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"'Babies used' in Nigeria suicide bombings," BBC, January 23, 2017.
"Baby strapped mother among Madagali suicide bombers ," The Guardian Nigeria, January 14, 2017.
"One of Madagali suicide bombers strapped baby to her back," Nigeria Punch, January 13, 2017.