Incident Summary:

02/25/2008: A teenage suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest right next to Lt. Gen. Mushtaq Ahmad Baig's vehicle at a traffic light in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Eight individuals were killed, including Lt. Gen. Mushtaq Ahmad Baig, Pakistan’s Surgeon General, and 20 civilians were injured in this attack. Property damage also resulted from this attack. This appears to have been a targeted attack specifically aimed at killing Lt. Gen. Baig; consequently, this was the highest ranking officer killed in Pakistan since the “War on Terror” began. No group claimed responsibility for this attack. The attack was likely in retaliation for operations against Islamic militants along the Afghan border.

GTD ID:
200802250001

When:
2008-02-25

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Punjab

City:
Rawalpindi

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Pakistan
Specific Description Lt. Gen. Mushtaq Ahmad Baig, Pakistan’s Surgeon General
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Pakistani civilians
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 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 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 0
Sources
Candace Rondeaux, “Blast Kills Pakistan's Surgeon General; Separate Attack Targets A Charity for Children,” The Washington Post, February 26, 2008.
“AFP: Pakistani Army Says General's Killing Linked to Offensive Against Militants,” Hong Kong AFP, February 26, 2008.
Sami Zubeiri, “Pakistani general's slaying linked to tribal militants: army,” Agence France Presse, February 26, 2008.