Incident Summary:

01/25/1998: Assailants shot and killed 23 Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus) and set fire to their homes and temple in the Himalayan village of Wandhama in Jammu and Kashmir State in India. Authorities indicated that the assailants were members of Harkat ul Ansar. The victims included ten women, nine men, and four children




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Jammu and Kashmir


Location Details:
Ganderbal district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Hindu Pandit Civilians in Wandhama village
Nationality of Target India
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
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This incident was considered one of the worst targeting Hindus in the 8-year Muslim uprising.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Harkat ul Ansar Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 23 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 23
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Yeltsin announces plan for economic reforms; Militants kill 23 Hindus,” Austin American-Statesman (Texas), January 27, 1998.
“Gunmen Kill 23 Hindus in Kashmir Attack,” AAP Newsfeed, January 26, 1998.
"January 25 1998: When unidentified gunmen butchered 23 Kashmiri Pandits," 5 Dariya News, January 25, 2019.