Incident Summary:

07/31/2008: On Thursday, a local government official, Arif Shah, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Dera Ismail Khan, North West Frontier, Pakistan. The attack was allegedly due to sectarian-related violence. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North-West Frontier Province

Dera Ismail Khan

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Pakistani Government
Specific Description A local government official, Arif Shah,
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An unknown gun type was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Xinhua News Agency, "Local Gov't Official Shot Dead in Northwestern Pakistan," Xinhua News Agency, July 31, 2008.
Lexis Nexis, "Gunmen Kill Pakistani Shiite Official," Agence France Presse, July 30, 2008.