Incident Summary:

08/25/2005: Suspected Islamic militants planted a homemade bomb exploded at the open-air Mardika Market in Ambon, Indonesia, injuring ten people. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Local Businesses
Specific Description The Mardika Market in Ambon
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilan(s)
Specific Description Civilians at the Mardika Market in Ambon
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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 Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A low-yield, homemade bomb planted in cardboard boxes was used in the attack.
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 Police stated that the motive behind the bombing was likely to provoke fresh violence after the signing of the Malino Peace Agreement between local Christian and Muslim groups.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mujahidin Ambon No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators 6
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Explosion rocks market in eastern Indonesia, at least ten injured,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur, August 25, 2005.
M. Azis Tunny and Eva C. Komandjaja, “Indonesian Police Arrest Two More in Ambon Market Blast,” The Jakarta Post, August 27, 2005.