Incident Summary:

01/10/2008: A suicide bomber walked into a crowd of police guarding a courthouse and blew himself up. The blast killed twenty four (one source says 22 killed) and wounded dozens of others. The blast took place at Lahore High Court, minutes before a planned anti-government rally by lawyers. The attacker was believed to have been wearing thirty pounds of explosives and when detonated it spewed shrapnel in the blast. No one claimed responsibility for the attack which some believe was an attempt to scare people from participating in the democratic process despite no clear motive.

GTD ID:
200801100004

When:
2008-01-10

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Punjab

City:
Lahore

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Pakistani police
Specific Description Police guarding the courthouse of Lahore high court
Nationality of Target Pakistan
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Explosive used shrapnel
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 24 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 24
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
“22 police killed in Pakistan suicide bombing: officers,” Agence France Presse, January 10, 2007.
“Suicide Bombing Kills 24 in Pakistan,” Associated Press Online, January 10, 2008.
Salman Masood, “Bomber Attacks Police, Killing 23 in Pakistan,” The New York Times, January 11, 2008.