Incident Summary:

03/07/2006: A previously unknown Kashmiri group, Lashkar-e-Kahar set off a series of bombs in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi, India killing 20 civilians and wounding over 100. The first exploded at a Hindu temple during prayer. Two more bombs exploded at the rail station. More unexploded bombs were found placed in the city. Responsibility was claimed by a man claiming to be a spokesman for the group via telephone call to a local news agency.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Uttar Pradesh


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Unknown
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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
Unknown Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 20
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
Somini Sengupta, Bombs Rock a City Holy to Hindus, Killing at Least 15, The New York Times, March 8, 2006.
Unknown guerrilla group claims responsibility for Varanasi blasts, Indo-Asian News Service, March 9, 2006.
Matthew Rosenberg, Bombings that killed 20 at Hindu holy city in India spark anger, but no sectarian violence, Associated Press Worldstream, March 9, 2006.