Incident Summary:

07/21/2008: On Monday morning at 07:10, a bomb equipped with ammonium nitrate and a time-delay detonator exploded aboard a Chinese bus at the Panjiawan bus stop in Kunming, Yunnan province, China. This was the first of two bomb blasts which took place within 60 minutes on board Chinese buses in Kunming and killed a total of three civilians and wounded 14. Some residents received phone text messages in the early hours of Monday, warning Kunming residents to avoid buses hours before the bomb explosions took place. The Kunming blasts came less than three weeks prior to the Beijing Olympics and two days after Yunnan police opened fire and killed two rubber farmers in the Menglian province during a clash that also saw 41 police officers injured. On 08/04/2008, the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) released a video claiming responsibility for the double bomb blasts, although Chinese authorities rejected the claim.




East Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The bombing attack took place aboard a Chinese bus at the Panjiawan bus stop in Kunming, Yunnan province, China.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians aboard a Chinese passenger bus
Nationality of Target China
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A bus bomb equipped with ammonium nitrate and a time-delay detonator was used in the bombing attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of two related attacks (cf. 200807210003). The available sources listed the fatalities for these attacks cumulatively as 3 and the injuries for these attacks cumulatively as 14, so these figures have been distributed evenly for these cases in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Turkestan Islamic Party Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
MSNBC News, "Bus Blasts Kill 3, Injure 14 in Southwest China," July 20, 2008,
Lydia Chen, "Police Triple Reward for Tips on Kunming Bus Blasts," Shanghai Daily, July 23, 2008.