Incident Summary:

05/15/2003: A string of nearly simultaneous explosions targeted 18 petrol stations owned by the Anglo-Dutch Shell company in Karachi, Pakistan. Seven persons were injured in the incident, which caused minor damage to the windows and roofs of the stations. The Muslim United Army (MUA) has claimed responsibility for the attacks, urging the government to change its pro-US policy.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Shell Oil
Specific Description 18 petrol stations owned by the Anglo-Dutch Shell company in Karachi, Pakistan
Nationality of Target Multinational
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 Time Fuse
Weapon Details
It was reported that firecrackers detonated with timed devices were used in this incident.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim United Army (MUA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Blasts at 18 petrol stations in Pakistan's Karachi, minor damage caused," Agence France Presse, May 15, 2003.
"Bombers attack 12 Shell pump stations in Karachi, minor damage done," Channel News Asia, May 15, 2003.
"Unknown group claims responsibility for blasts in Karachi gas stations," Agence France Presse, May 18, 2003.