Incident Summary:

01/20/2008: Unknown perpetrators set off four bombs: one in the capital of Thimphu and three others in the districts of Samste, Chukha and Dagana of Bhutan between the hours of 11am and 2pm. While one bomb was targeted at a marketplace, the attacks killed no one, injured one person and caused some property damage like broken windows and torn off walls of shops.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Public places
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Bhutan
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 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 Attacks occurred as Bhutan was getting prepared to hold its first democratic national elections. The unknown perpetrators are suspected of being members of either the Bhutan Tiger Force, the Bhutan Maoists, or the Communist Party of Bhutan.
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 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
“Serial blasts rock Bhutan, woman injured,” The Press Trust of India, January 20, 2008.
“Explosions rock Bhutan ahead of first polls,” Agence France Presse – English, January 21, 2008.
Wasbir Hussain, “Four bombs shake Bhutan, injuring 1, ahead of election to end royal rule,” The Associated Press, January 21, 2008.