Incident Summary:

03/11/2008: At least 24 people were killed and 200 were injured as two suicide bombs exploded at an office of the federal police in Islamabad, Pakistan. The larger of the two attacks occurred at the headquarters of the Federal Investigations Agency (FIA) as employees were arriving for work. At least 21 people, including 16 police officers and a three-year-old girl were killed. The blast destroyed the front of the building and rocked across a wide radius. A smaller blast happened at the offices of an advertising agency in a residential area when a pair of suicide bombers rammed their way through the front gate. A gardener was seriously injured and two of is children were killed. Al-Qaida is suspected to be behind the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Business
Specific Description Advertising Agency.
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police
Specific Description Federal Investigation Agency.
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives 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
Al-Qaida (suspected) Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 27 Fatalities / 200 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 27
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 200
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"24 killed in double Lahore suicide blasts," Guardian Unlimited, March 11, 2008.
Kamal Siddiqi, "Twin blasts rock Pak," Hindustan Times, March 11, 2008.
"Pair of bombings kill 12 in Pakistan; Some witnesses say both blasts took place at a police building, but reports differ," Los Angeles Times, March 11, 2008.