Incident Summary:

06/06/2005: Fifty-three were killed and 72 were injured (mostly civilian and some military) in a bombing of a passenger bus in the village of Madi in Chitwan (District) of Nepal. Authorities blamed Maoist rebels (People's Liberation Army), who later claimed responsibility but called the bombing of the passenger bus a grave mistake committed by a group of the Maoists.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Nepalese military
Specific Description Nepali Security Forces
Nationality of Target Nepal
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Nepali civilians
Nationality of Target Nepal
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Remote Trigger
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information The Maoists are not generally known for targeting civilians. According to the email sent by the party claiming responsibility, those responsible for overseeing the attack were reprimanded and suspended from the party due to the inordinate number of civilians killed in the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Maoists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 53 Fatalities / 72 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 53
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 72
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Devendra Man Singh, "At Least 53 Killed, 72 Wounded in Bus Blast in Southwest Nepal," Agence France Presse, June 6, 2005."
"Nepal Radio Reports Bus Blast Caused by Explosives Buried in Bucket," Radio Nepal, June 6, 2005."
"Nepal Maoists Claim Responsibility for Bus Bombing, Say 'Grave Mistake,'" Agence France-Presse, June 7 2005."