Incident Summary:

09/29/2008: On Monday evening at 2130, a bomb blast killed four people and wounded 61 others during evening prayers of Ramadan at a hotel near a mosque in the busy Bhikhu Chowk area in the Bikku market of Malegaon town, Maharashtra province, India. Authorities believe the bomb, which contained nuts, bolts and ball bearings packed with 6.6 pounds of explosives, were left on a silver motorcycle left near the scene. The specific motive for the attack is unknown although the town has a history of violence between Hindus and Muslims. No claim responsibility was made for the incident.

GTD ID:
200809290010

When:
2008-09-29

Country:
India

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Maharashtra

City:
Malegaon

Location Details:
The bombing attack took place at a hotel near a mosque in the busy Bhikhu Chowk area in the Bikku market of Malegaon town, Maharashtra province, India.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description A hotel
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians attending evening Ramadan prayers at a nearby mosque were also targeted.
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device, which contained 6.6 pounds of unknown explosives, nuts, bolts and ball bearings and placed on a silver motorcycle, was used in the bombing 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 available sources listed the injuries for these attacks from 20 to 82 so these figures have been averaged 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 4 Fatalities / 61 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 61
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Press TV, "Bombings Kill 8, Injure 80 in India," September 29, 2008, http://www.presstv.ir/Detail.aspx?id=70902§ionid=351020402."
"South Asia Terrorism Portal, "Four Persons Killed and 70 Injured in Blast in Maharashtra," September 30, 2008, http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/detailed_news.asp?date1=9/30/2008#5."
"Reuters, "Five Killed by Bombs in Western India," Reuters, September 29, 2008."