Incident Summary:

9/24/2002: At least two gunmen stormed the Akshardham Hindu temple complex in Gandhinagar, Gujarat state, India. The assailants climbed the walls of the temple, entered the compound, and opened fire with AK-47's. They also threw hand grenades. Commandos successfully regained control of the complex after 14 hours of exchanging gunfire with the attackers. 33 people were killed, including the two assailants, and at least 70 were injured. Officials believe that the attack was linked to state elections in Jammu and Kashmir state.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The Akshardham Hindu temple complex in Gandhinagar

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 in the vicinity of the Akshardham Hindu temple complex in Gandhinagar
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity A Hindu temple
Specific Description Akshardham Hindu temple complex in Gandhinagar
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
The assailants opened fire with AK-47's and threw hand grenades
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 various reports on the number of dead and injured. In addition, there are conflicting reports on the number of assailants.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Gunmen No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 33 Fatalities / 70 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 33
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 70
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Hindu march postponed after Indian temple attack," Reuters News, September 25, 2002."
"30 Killed In Attack on Indian Hindu Temple," State Department Press Releases and Documents, September 24, 2002."
"Thomas Kutty Abraham, "32 Dead in Hindu Temple Attack," The Washington Post, September 25, 2002."