Incident Summary:

10/03/2003: Two masked gunmen riding on a motorcycle attacked a minibus carrying Shi’i Muslim workers in Karachi, Pakistan. Six men were killed and six injured in the attack. An alliance of three banned militant organizations, Lashkar-e Jhangvi, Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HuM), and Harkatul Jihad-e-Islami, was suspected in the attack, though none of the groups made a claim of responsibility.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Shi'i Muslims traveling to mosque on a bus in Karachi
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
Firearms Unknown Gun 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 victims were employees of the Space and Upper Atmospheric Research Organization (SUPARCO). People killed in the attack included Raza Ali, Qasim Ali, Syed Athar Ali, Hashim Raza and Rafique.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HuM) (suspected) No
Harkatul Jihad-e-Islami (suspected) No
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Six killed, 6 injured in Karachi attack,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 3, 2003.
Afzal Nadeem, “Gunmen attack bus carrying Shiite employees of space agency, six killed,” Associated Press, October 3, 2003.
Azafar-ul-Ashfaque, "Pakistan: Three banned outfits alliance said responsible for Karachi Killings," Financial Times Information, October 4, 2003.