Incident Summary:

07/06/2008: On Sunday evening, around 1930, in Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan, in front of a police station, a suicide bomber approached a crowd of police officers and civilians and detonated the improvised explosive device strapped to his body, killing 15 police officers, four civilians, injuring 24 police officers, 16 civilians, and damaging the police station. No motive was reported and no group claimed responsibility.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Islamabad Capital Territory


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Islamabad Law Enforcement
Specific Description A police station
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)
Weapon Details
A suicide improvised explosive device 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
Additional Information The most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 17 to 20, and the injuries for this attack from 40 to 52, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
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 20 Fatalities / 40 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 20
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 40
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Fifteen Police Officers, Four Civilians Killed, Twenty Four Police Officers, Sixteen Civilians Injured in Suicide IED Attack in Islamabad, Pakistan," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 27, 2010."
"CNN Cable News Network, "Death Toll from Pakistan Rally Blast Rises to 17," CNN Cable News Network, July 07, 2008."
"Business Recorder, "Sixteen Policemen Among 19 Killed in Suicide Attack," Business Recorder, July 07, 2008."