Incident Summary:

04/20/2004: Suspected members of the Maoist Communist Center detonated a land mine and fired guns at Indian security personnel in Bastar, India. Four Indian paramilitary soldiers were injured in the attack. The perpetrators stole electronic voting machines during the incident as well, which resulted in a suspension of voting in the area. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Indian Polling Station
Specific Description An Indian Polling Station in Bastar
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Explosives Land Mine
Weapon Details
The attackers exploded a land mine and fired guns in the attack.
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
Additional Information This was one of five related attacks (cf. 200404200003-07). Sources alluded to several other attacks, but detailed information was not provided for these incidents.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Maoist Communist Center (MCC) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Twenty Killed as Militants, Maoists Disrupt Voting in Kashmir, Other States,” Hindustan Times, April 21, 2004.
“One Killed, Three Injured in Kashmir Blast as Voting Gets Under Way,” Agence France Presse, April 20, 2004.