Database of terrorist attacks and related events--Johnston's Archive

Kano, Nigeria--20 January 2012

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 26 November 2017

Date: 20 January 2012

Location: Kano, Nigeria

Type of event: terrorism


At least 25 bombings and armed attacks occurred in Kano, Nigeria, killing at least 178. The attacks were attributed to Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist group in Nigeria. At about 1700, several terrorists on motorcycles threw a bomb at the Farm centre immigration office and engaged officers in a gun battle, killing three officers. Soon thereafter a suicide car bombing at the Zone 1 police headquarters caused significant damage, including destruction of several residences. Additional bombings occurred at the State Security Service office, the State Police Command office, four police stations (Fegge, Farm Centre, Naibawa, and Jedijedi stations), the Customs Training School, and a motor park. At the State Security Service office and Customs Training School, officers engaged the terrorists in gun battles. Gun battles reportedly continued into the night as authorities imposed a curfew in the city. Boko Haram members were being detained at many of the attacked sites, and the terrorists freed at least 50 to 100 group members during the attacks. As of 22 January the official death toll was 178, but a doctor at one hospital indicated the toll would likely reach 250. At least 50 were injured. Casualties included one Indian citizen killed and at least 4 foreigners injured.

Consequences: 178 killed, 50 injured


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