Incident Summary:

07/04/2003: Three men attacked a Muslim Shia mosque in Quetta, Pakistan. The men fired guns and threw grenades at the worshipers in the mosque before at least one of the men set off a suicide-bomb. The other attackers were over-taken by the worshipers and was killed. The attack lasted approximately ten minutes. Initially 48 were killed and at least 65 were injured, but the death toll rose to at least 53 in the days following the blast.




South Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Quetta Mosque of Pakistan
Specific Description Shia worshipers and religious members at the Mosque in Quetta, Pakistan.
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
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
The three attackers first fired rifles and threw grenades before at least one of the attackers set-off a bomb attached to himself. Witnesses said the attackers fired five to six rounds at a time multiple times before reloading.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Following the attack there were a number of riots in the surrounding areas of Quetta against Sunni Muslims. The Pakistani Army was mobilized to keep peace in the area.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 53 Fatalities / 53 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 53
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 53
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Pakistan: Persons killed in Quetta attack buried; toll rises to 53,” The News, July 06, 2003.
“Survivors tell of massacre at Mosque in Pakistan,” The New York Times, July 06, 2003.
“AFP: Pakistan identifies Sunni extremist group member as suspect in Mosque attack,” World News Connection, July 25, 2003.