Incident Summary:

09/20/2008: On Saturday, at an unknown time, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-filled truck into the gates of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing 60 and injuring more than 200.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Islamabad Capital Territory


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description The Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
The explosive was a suicide vehicle explosive device.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 61 Fatalities / 200 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 61
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 200
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Asian Times Online, "The Gloves Are Off in Pakistan," Asian Times Online, September 23rd, 2008."
"National Counterterrorism Center, "47 Civilians, Six Private Security Guards, Five Soldiers, Two Children, Two Diplomats Killed, 264 Civilians, Three Diplomats, Two Children, One Government Official Injured In Suicide VBIED And Armed Attack In Islamabad, Pakistan," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, September 2nd, 2009."
"Open Source, "Pakistan Hotel Bombing Kills At Least 60," Open Source, September 20th, 2008."