Incident Summary:

02/28/2006: Suspected Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-M) militants blew up a group of trucks carrying villagers who were returning home from an anti-Maoist rally led by the state's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Dantewada district, Chhattisgarh state, India. At least 55 people were killed and 20 more injured in the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Dantewada district

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 Civilians in Dantewada district, Chhattisgarh state, India
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
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 55 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 55
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suspected Militant Attack Kills 23 in Central India," Associated Press, February 28, 2006.
"25 Killed, 40 Injured in Suspected Maoist Attack in Central India," Deutsche Presse Agentur, February 28, 2006.
"55 Die as Maoists Blast Trucks in Central India," Indo-Asian News Service, February 28, 2006.