Incident Summary:

10/07/2004: In the early morning hours, a car bomb exploded in the main square of the city of Multan, disrupting a gathering of 2000 Sunnis commemorating the one year-anniversary of the death of an extremist Sunni leader of the outlawed group Sipah-e-Sahaba. Forty-one were killed and over 100 were wounded.

GTD ID:
200410070001

When:
2004-10-07

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Punjab

City:
Multan

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Town Square in Pakistan
Specific Description Rasheedabad Square in Multan
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages 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
The car used in the bombing was filled with 7 to 8 kilograms of explosives.
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 people gathering were commemorating the one year anniversary of the death of the leader of the outlawed group Sipah-e-Sahaba, Amjad Farooqi, which renamed itself Millat-e-Islamia in 2002. The group was also called Lashkar Jhangvi, and was known to have ties with Al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban. Farooqi was wanted on charges for the murder of Daniel Pearl and for assassination attempts on the life of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sipah-I-Mohammed No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 41 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 41
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
Tanveer, Khalid, “Two blasts kill 39 people in suspected sectarian attack in central Pakistan city,” The Associated Press, October 7, 2004.
“38 confirmed killed, more than 100 injured in Pakistan blasts,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 7, 2004.
“Car bomb kills 41 at Pakistani prayer vigil,” Agence France Presse, October 7, 2004.