Incident Summary:

02/16/2008: In Parachanar, a suicide attack was carried out, which killed 21 civilians initially (37 total) and injured approximately 100 civilians when an individual slammed his car filled with explosives into Dr. Riaz Hussain’s election office; Dr. Hussain was the candidate for the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Although Dr. Hussain was unharmed in this attack, the majority of the victims were members of the PPP and were standing in line awaiting food. Although no group claimed responsibility for this attack, the Political Administration of Khyber Agency arrested 10 people allegedly involved in same.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Federally Administered Tribal Areas


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)
Specific Description Dr. Riaz Hussain, the presidential candidate for the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description members of the PPP
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages 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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosive-laden car driven by a suicide bomber was used in the attack.
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 10
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 38 Fatalities / 93 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 38
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 93
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Ashraf Afzaal, “Suicide attacks kill 39 as Pakistan vote campaign ends,” Agence France Presse, February 16, 2008.
“21 Killed By Suicide Attack In Pakistan,” Riyadh SPA, February 16, 2008.
“Death Toll of Suicide Attack in Pakistan's Tribal Area Rises To 37,” Beijing Xinhua, February 16, 2008.