Incident Summary:

07/15/2003: Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) activists destroyed 70 meters of track near the Pipra Railway Station in Bihar State, India. The Raxual-Muzaffarpur train applied its emergency brakes in time to prevent derailment. Upon investigation, at least five bombs were stilly lying on the tracks. There were no deaths or injuries. This was one of four connected attacks carried out by MCC rebels on trains on the same day.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack occurred on railway near the Pipra Rail Station.

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 Train track near the Pipra Railway Station
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?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Maoist Communist Center (MCC) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
“Roundup: Suspected Maoists derail trains after blowing track,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, July 15, 2003.
“Maoist Rebels derail trains in major attacks in eastern India,” Agence France Presse, July 15, 2003.
“MCC,” The Press Trust of India, July 15, 2003.