Incident Summary:

08/25/2003: Suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) radicals detonated two car bombs, timed seven minutes apart, in southern Mumbai, India, killing 52 people and injuring 150 others. near a holy Hindu Temple close to the Gateway of India monument in Mumbai, India. One explosion was at the Gateway of India, a famous seaside landmark and tourist attraction, while the other bomb targeted the Zaveri Bazaar, a crowded market of jewelry stores. The Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) was suspected in the attack.




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 The Zaveri Bazaar
Specific Description The Zaveri Bazaar, a crowded market of jewelry stores in Mumbai
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Landmark
Specific Description The Gateway of India
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Indians and tourists visiting the Gateway of India and the Zaveri Bazaar
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/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
Two explosive-laden cars were used in the attack.
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 Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) may be supported by the Pakistan-based Islamic extremist group, Lashkar e-Taiba. Initially, Lashkar e-Taiba was named as the most likely perpetrator.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 52 Fatalities / 150 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 52
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 150
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"AP News in Brief; At least 40 dead, 150 injured in Bombay blasts, official says," Associated Press, August 25, 2003.
Shaun Tandon, "Apocalyptic-minded Muslim youth group suspected in Bombay blasts," Agence France Presse, August 26, 2003.
Rafael Epstein, "Bombay bomb blasts testing India-Pakistan relations," ABC Transcripts (Australia), August 26, 2003.