Incident Summary:

03/02/2004: Unknown Sunni militant gunmen perched themselves on porches overlooking a crowd of Shi'ite pilgrims in Quetta, Pakistan and open fired. The attacks killed at least 44 and injured at least 130 people.

GTD ID:
200403020004

When:
2004-03-02

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Balochistan

City:
Quetta

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Shi'ite Civilians
Specific Description Indiscriminate Shi'ites pilgrims in Quetta, Pakistan.
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Weapon Details
Automatic weapons and grenades 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
Additional Information Witnesses said that the attackers' guns were painted with the name of the Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which reportedly carried out many attacks in the previously.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 44 Fatalities / 130 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 44
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 130
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
Victoria Burnett, “Attack on Pakistan Shi’ites kill 44,” The Boston Globe, March 3, 2004.
Rizwan Saaed, “Sunni Militants Kill 44 in Pakistan Suicide Attack,” The Independent, March 3, 2004.
“Pakistani City Under Curfew After 47 Killed in Attack on Shiite Parade,” Hong Kong AFP, March 3, 2004.