Incident Summary:

12/28/1996: An explosive device detonated near a cinema in Sonepat, Haryana, India. This was one of two coordinated bombings in Sonipat on the same day. At least 15 people were injured across both blasts. On October 11, 2017, a court convicted Abdul Karim Tunda, a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) member, for his involvement in the attacks.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Cinema
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those wounded across incidents 199612280005 and 199612280006.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
SUKHBIR SIWACH, "1996 Sonipat bomb blasts: Lashkar bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda gets life term," Indian Express, October 11, 2017.
"1996 Sonepat blasts: LeT bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda gets life term," Hindustan Times, October 10, 2017.
"Life Imprisonment For Abdul Karim Tunda In 1996 Sonepat Bomb Blasts Case," NDTV, October 11, 2017.