Incident Summary:

01/16/2017: A suicide bomber detonated at a mosque at the University of Maiduguri in Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria. This was one of two coordinated suicide attacks at the university on the same day. In addition to the assailants, at least two people were killed and 17 people were injured across both blasts. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity University of Maiduguri
Specific Description Mosque
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?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 201701160001 and 201701160002. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Boko Haram Shekau faction Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suicide attack hits Nigeria's University of Maiduguri," Al Jazeera, January 16, 2017.
"Boko Haram claims University of Maiduguri bombings," UPI, January 17, 2017.
"Two Killed after Double Suicide Attack at Nigeria’s Maiduguri University," Latin American Herald Tribune, January 17, 2017.