Incident Summary:

01/17/2008: An Unknown teenage suicide bomber, possibly sixteen years old, blew himself up inside a Shiite mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan. The bomber killed eight and injured twenty in a day when many people were beginning to prepare for the religious festival of Ashura.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North-West Frontier Province


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Shiite mosque
Specific Description Shiites celebrating festival of Ashura
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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
Additional Information The suicide bomber first fired gunshots before blowing himself up.
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 9 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Saad Khan, “Suicide bomber kills eight at Shiite mosque in Pakistan,” Agence France Presse – English, January 17, 2008.
Stephen Coates, “Mosque attack underlines US fears for Pakistan,” Agence France Presse – English, January 17, 2008.
Riaz Khan, “Suicide blast at Shiite mosque in Pakistan kills 7,” The Associated Press, January 17, 2008.