Incident Summary:

02/16/2017: Security forces identified and killed two suicide bombers attempting to pass through the Mafa checkpoint near Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria. The assailants were the only reported casualties. This was one of three coordinated attacks in the area overnight. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources attributed the attacks to Boko Haram.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Maiduguri

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Mafa checkpoint, 9 km from Maiduguri.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Unknown
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Unknown
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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 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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"7 bombers dead, 8 CJTF injured," Daily Trust Nigera, February 17, 2017.
"Troops kill six suicide bombers in Maiduguri," Online Nigeria News, February 17, 2017.
"Five killed, eight injured as suicide bombers strike in Maiduguri," The Nation Nigeria, February 17, 2017.