Incident Summary:

03/21/1998: The Sunni Islamic extremist group Sipah-e-Sahabah attacked a group of Shi'ites while they were celebrating the Persian New Year in Hangu, Pakistan's crowded bazaar. Nine people were killed and another nine were injured in the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North-West Frontier Province


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 Private Citizens celebrating Persian New Year in a Bazaar
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 Militant Sunni Muslims, who routinely attack followers of the Shi'ite sect of Islam, warned against public New Year celebrations. Hundreds of Shi'ite Muslims ignored the warning and gathered in Hangu's crowded bazaar to welcome in the New Year.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sipah-e-Sahaba/Pakistan (SSP) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities / 9 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 9
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Nine people die in attack on New Year celebration,” AAP Newsfeed, March 22, 1998.
“4 people die in attack on Shiite Muslim New Year celebration,” The Associated Press Worldstream, March 21, 1998.