Incident Summary:

10/14/2007: Six Indian civilians were killed, 37 more were wounded, and a movie theater was damaged when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by an unknown number of Babbar Khalsa perpetrators detonated at approximately 8:30 PM inside a theater of the Srinagar Cinema in Ludhiana, Punjab State, India.

GTD ID:
200710140001

When:
2007-10-14

Country:
India

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Punjab

City:
Ludhiana

Location Details:
Inside a theater of the Srinagar Cinema.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Indian civilians
Specific Description Civilians at the Sringar Cinema in Ludhiana.
Nationality of Target India
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
Additional Information The device detonated in a low-cost balcony packed with migrant laborers during a 7:00 PM screening of the Bhojpuri film ‘Janam Janam Ka Saath.’ Eyewitnesses describe two successive blasts and mention an individual abandoning a suitcase in the seating area before the blast, although these claims could not be corroborated by officials. Four Babbar Khalsa perpetrators, including alleged mission leader Gurpreet Singh and members Sandeep Singh, Palwinder Singh and Ravinder Singh, were arrested on December 29, 2007. Indian authorities stated the perpetrators had been provided with training and explosives by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 37 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 37
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
“AFP: at least 6 killed, 30 injured in India cinema blast,” Agence France Presse, October 14, 2007.
Amit Sharma, “Ludhiana blast case cracked,” Hindustan Times, December 30, 2007."
“India: more on Ludhiana cinema blast kills 7, eyewitness reports man with suitcase,” CNN-IBN, October 15, 2007.