Incident Summary:

03/02/2008: A suicide bomber blew himself up at a peace meeting near Zarghunkhel Khassadar Post of tribal elders in northwestern Pakistan, killing forty-two people and injuring more than one hundred and leaving blood and body parts scattered on the floor.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Darra Adam Khel

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Community organization in Darra Adamkhel
Specific Description Meeting of tribal elders meeting in Northwest Frontier Province
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
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
Additional Information Pakistan Television said the suspected bomber's severed head was found. Television footage showed blood, shoes and caps littering the bombing site a tree-lined ground amid wheat fields that is only a few yards away from brick homes. --The elders of tribes living in the Darra Adam Khel area had recently said they would not allow any militants or foreign fighters to operate in their area. They had also warned that the house of any person found sheltering militants or foreigners would be burnt down in keeping with tribal traditions. It is likely that this attack was meant to intimidate the local population.
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 43 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 43
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Ali Yousaf, “Pakistan: Teenage Suicide Bomber Attacks Tribal Assembly, 42 Killed,” OSC Feature - The News, March 03, 2008.
Khan, Riaz, “Suicide bomb attack at tribal peace meeting kills 40 in northwestern Pakistan,” The Associated Press, March 02, 2008.
“Pakistan suicide attack kills 35: officials,” Suna News Agency, March 02, 2008.