Incident Summary:

08/26/2008: On Tuesday night, at 2215, in the Model Town area, near Islamabad, Pakistan, assailants detonated an improvised explosive device near a hotel restaurant, killing eight civilians, wounding 20 others, damaging the hotel and one taxi cab. No motive was reported and no group claimed responsibility.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Islamabad Capital Territory

Near Islamabad

Location Details:
In the Model Town area near Islamabad.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description The hotel
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 Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device 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
Additional Information The most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from five to eight, and the injuries for this attack from 15 to 20, 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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Eight Civilians Killed, Twenty Others Wounded in IED Attack near Islamabad, Pakistan," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 25, 2010."
"United Press International, "Eight Killed in Pakistan Blast," LexisNexis Academic, United Press International, August 27, 2008."
"The Press Trust of India, "Blast Kills Eight, Injures 20 in Pak," LexisNexis Academic, The Press Trust of India, August 27, 2008."