Incident Summary:

6/27/2002: A bomb exploded in the Patna-Hatia Superfast Express train minutes after it had left Chandrapura railway station in Jharkhand state, India. An unidentified person was spotted leaving a bag in the third to last coach of the train while still at Chandrapura railway station. At least one person was killed and at least eight people were injured in the explosion. No group has claimed responsibility and motive is unknown.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Chandrapura railway station under the Dhanbad railway division of the Eastern Railway

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians on board the train
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Train
Specific Description The Patna-Hatia Superfast Express train
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A bomb left in a bag on a train
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 Sources provide different accounts for the number of injured. Estimates range from eight to twelve injured in the explosion.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"One killed, 11 hurt as blast rocks Hatia Exp.," The Times of India, June 29, 2002.
"12 injured in blast in train in east India," Agence France Presse, June 27, 2002.
"Column one," The Statesman, June 28, 2002.