Incident Summary:

06/13/2005: A car bomb using an improvised bomb with almost 40kg of research department explosives (RDX) exploded outside a government school near a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Pulwama in Indian Kashmir, resulting in as many as 15 dead, including three CPRF personnel and two schoolchildren, and as many as 100 injured The bomb also damaged several nearby businesses, homes, cars, and the school. Indian officials blamed Kashmiri militants, but Kashmir's main militant group, United Jihad Council, denied responsibility and condemned the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Jammu and Kashmir


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Indian Police
Specific Description Central Reserve Police Force personnel
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Indian-Kashmiri citizens
Specific Description residents and schoolchildren in Pulwama
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
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 day following the bombing, strikes and rallies were held in Pulwama and in Srinagar (the Kashmiri district capital), which shut down several businesses. Military was on high alert, and there was a great deal of international condemnation of the attack. In addition, although authorities suspected militant groups, the main militant group, United Jihad Council, denied any responsibility, and in fact condemned the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
United Jihad Council No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 15 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 15
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
"India: 14 Dead, 50 Injured in Kashmir Blast; Govt Condemns 'Terrorist Strike,'" Doordarshan DD-1 National Television, June 13, 2005.
"Twelve Dead, 80 Injured as Car Bomb Explodes Outside School in Kashmir," Agence France Presse, June 13, 2005.
"Kashir TV: Strike Effects Life in Kashmir; India, US Condemn Pulwama Bomb Blast," Doordarshan Kashir Television, June 14, 2005.