Incident Summary:

08/17/2008: On Sunday, eight National Liberation Army members detonated an explosive device at the home of Vice President Parmanada Jha in Kathmandu, Nepal. A plastic hand grenade, high explosive ranges of 3600-4200 splinter and double bearings were used to create the explosive device. A bodyguard was injured and some windowpanes were damaged in the explosion. Five people were later arrested for the bombing. The motive behind the attack was unclear.

GTD ID:
200808170015

When:
2008-08-17

Country:
Nepal

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Central

City:
Kathmandu

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Nepalese Government
Specific Description The home of Vice President Parmanada Jha
Nationality of Target Nepal
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/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A plastic hand grenade, high explosive ranges of 3600-4200 splinter and double bearings were used to create the explosive device.
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
National Liberation Army (Nepal) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 8
Number of Captured Perpetrators 5
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
CNN, "Bomb Attack on Nepalese Leader's Home," Cable News Network, http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/08/17/nepal.bomb.attack/index.html.
South Asia Terrorism Portal," Five National Liberation Army Cadres Arrested in Connection with August 17 Blasts at Vice President’s Residence in Kathmandu," South Asia Terrorism Portal, http://satp.org/satporgtp/detailed_news.asp?date1=9/8/2008#9.
The Himalayan Beacon, "Five Held Over Blast at Vice President’s Residence," The Himalayan Beacon, http://beacononline.wordpress.com/2008/09/08/five-held-over-blast-at-vice-president%e2%80%99s-residence/.