Incident Summary:

05/27/2005: An unidentified suicide bomber blew himself up at the Bari Imam Shrine in Islamabad, Pakistan killing 20 people and injuring 100 others. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Islamabad Capital Territory


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Shi i worshippers at the Bari Imam Shrine in Islamabad
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Shi i Isam
Specific Description The Bari Imam Shrine in Islamabad
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
The bomb was composed of C-4 explosive material.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 20
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
“AFP: Death Toll in Pakistan Shrine Blast Rises to At Least 19,” Agence France Presse, May 27, 2005.
Farrukh Khan, “Pakistan: Officials Probing Possible RAW ‘Involvement’ in Islamabad Shrine Blast,” The Nation, May 28, 2005.
Shazad Malik, “Pakistan: Experts say Suicide Bomber used C-4 Explosive in Islamabad Shrine Blast,” Daily Times, May 30, 2005.