2011 Abuja police headquarters bombing

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2011 Abuja police headquarters bombing
LocationAbuja, FCT, Nigeria
Date16 June 2011
TargetHafiz Ringim
Attack type
Suicide car bombing
WeaponsCar bomb
Deaths2 to 6 (including the perpetrator)
PerpetratorsBoko Haram

The 2011 Abuja police headquarters bombing was believed to be the first suicide bombing in Nigeria's history.[1] The attack occurred on 16 June 2011, when a suicide bomber drove a car bomb onto the premises of the Louis Edet House in Abuja, the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force.[2] He may have been trying to kill Inspector-General of Police Hafiz Ringim, whose convoy he followed into the compound, but he was stopped by security before he could do so.[3]

It was confirmed that the bomber and a traffic policeman were killed, although authorities said there may have been up to six casualties.[2]

The Sunni Islamist group Boko Haram claimed the explosion.[4]

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  1. ^ Brock, Joe (17 June 2011). "Nigerian Islamist sect claims bomb attack: paper". Reuters. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b Two die in Abuja bombing Archived 20 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine The Nation, 16 June 2011.
  3. ^ Force hqtrs bombing: Suicide bomber was a foreigner — Interim report Vanguard, 17 June 2011.
  4. ^ Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists 'bombed Abuja police HQ'