Incident Summary:

12/29/2005: Three bombs blew up an oil tanker at a gas station in Garhi Qamardin, Pakistan, killing four people and injuring eight others. The timing of the explosion was seen as accidental and authorities believed that the perpetrators may have been headed to Islamabad to detonate the weapon. The tanker was stolen by about a dozen perpetrators in Kotal and in the process they kidnapped the three owners of the tanker (cf. 200512290004). One of the kidnapped victims was shot in the arm, but all three were released before the tanker exploded at the gas station.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North-West Frontier Province

Garhi Qamardin

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity It appears that the oil tanker exploded at the gas station accidentally, so the ultimate target is unknown. However, government officials believe the target may have been Islamabad.
Specific Description Islamabad
Nationality of Target Pakistan
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 Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Three bombs were said to have gone off and a police official said that neither time bombs or grenades were suspected of being used.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This incident is directly related to a previous incident (cf. 200512290004), when the oil tanker that exploded was stolen. About 12 perpetrators hijacked the oil tanker in Kotal and kidnapped its three owners. The owners would all be released before the explosion at the gas station. Pakistan officials believe that the group may have been targeting Islamabad. Five police officers were injured in the explosion.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Javed Aziz Khan, “Oil Tanker Blast Kills 4 Near Peshawar, Possible Terror Act in Islamabad Failed,” Islamabad The News, December 31, 2005.