Incident Summary:

01/20/2003: Presumed members of the United People's Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) movement detonated a bomb on a crowded train in Karbi Anglong within India’s Assam state causing the train to partially derail. There were no reported injuries. Police suspected that the rebels were trying to cause panic before the upcoming Republic Day holiday.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Karbi Anglong district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Indian Railway System
Specific Description Calcutta bound passenger train in Karbi Anglong
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
Explosives Unknown Explosive 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 The blast took place 6 days before India's national Republic Day.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
United People's Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Blast Derails Four Coaches of Express Train in Northeastern India,” Agence France Presse, January 20, 2003.
“Bomb Derails Train,” Birmingham Post, January 21, 2003.
“Bomb derails passenger train,” The Irish News, January 21, 2003.