Incident Summary:

05/07/2004: A suicide bomber killed at least 18 and wounded at least 100 others outside of a Shiite mosque in Karachi, Pakistan. Police suspected that Lashkar-e-Jhanvi (LJ) could have masterminded 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: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Hydary Shi'a Mosque
Specific Description The Sindh Madrassah tul Islam School in Kashmir, Pakistan
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 LJ reportedly had been linked to the March 2, 2004, attack in the southwestern city of Quetta in which 48 people were killed. Forty-eight people also died in a previous attack on a Shiite mosque in the same city in July 2003.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 18 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Policeman Named as Suicide Bomber in Pakistan Mosque Attack,” Hong Kong AFP, May 15, 2004.
Kamran Khan, “Bomber in Karachi Mosque Kills 15,” The Washington Post, May 8, 2004.
Zarar Khan, “Shiite Mosque Bombed in Karachi: At least 14 Killed. Enraged Youths Burn Cars, Gas Pumps and Government Office,” The Gazette, May 8, 2004.