Incident Summary:

02/09/2008: A suicide bomber struck a political rally in Charsadda, Pakistan, killing 18 and wounding 25. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, rising tensions between the Awami National Party and the Islamist Party are likely motivations.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North-West Frontier Province


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Awami National Party
Specific Description Participants in the Charsadda political rally.
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)
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 18 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Kim Barker, “Suicide bomb kills dozens at protest rally in Pakistan,” The Chicago Tribune, Feb 09, 2008.
Robert H. Reid, “Suicide bomber kills at least 25 at election rally in northwest Pakistan,” The Associated Press, Feb 09, 2008.
Riaz Khan, “Bomb explodes at election rally in northwest Pakistan, killing 18,” The Associated Press, Feb 09, 2008.