Incident Summary:

08/21/2008: On Thursday, at 1430, two Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan suicide bombers attacked a weapons manufacturing complex, the Pakistan Ordnance Factory, in the town of Wah near Islamabad, Punjab, Pakistan. The attack killed 62 people and injured over 100 more. The attack was in response to the military operation in Bajaur that has been attacking Taliban militants. A third bomber was detained near the ordnance factory.

GTD ID:
200808210006

When:
2008-08-21

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Islamabad Capital Territory

City:
Islamabad

Location Details:
In the town of Wah

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Pakistan Ordnance Factory
Specific Description A weapons manufacturing complex
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Two suicide bombers were 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 available sources listed the fatalities for these attacks from 40 to 78 so these figures have been averaged in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 64 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 64
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Lexis Nexis, "Death Toll in Twin Suicide Blasts in Pak Rises to 78," Press Trust of India, August 22, 2008."
"Lexis Nexis, "Suicide Bombings Lead to Suffering, Fear," Pakistan Newswire, August 27, 2008."
"Shams Mohmand, "Taliban Claim Blasts at Pakistan Ordnance Complex," Reuters, August 21, 2008."