Incident Summary:

"11/06/2008: On Thursday, 17 people were killed and 51 injured when a suicide attacker blew himself up as a government-backed tribal force or "lashkar" met in Batmalai village of Salarza, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Khar, the main town of Bajaur district, Pakistan. The meeting place was damaged. Some of the killed were identified as Maj (r) Fazal Karim, chief of Salarzai tribe lashkar, Abdul Rehman Khan, Khan Bachai, Malik Shamsur Rehman, Malik Nazir, Zakir Khan and Darwesh Khan. The local officials informed that all the injured were shifted to Agency Headquarter Hospital while over a dozen, critically wounded, have been shifted to Peshawar via helicopters. Akhunzada Chattan, MNA from Bajaur Agency, when contacted, confirmed the incident. The Salarzai tribesmen were preparing to stage an assault on local militant hide-outs when the blast occurred, said Iqbal Khattak, a government official. Malik Rahimullah, a tribal elder, said the bomb exploded as soon as armed contingents began to move. Spokesman for the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Abdul Rehman, called an Associated Press reporter and other local journalists claiming responsibility."




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Near Bajaur district

Location Details:
In the Batmalai village of Salarza, about 40 kilometeres (25 miles) from Khar

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Sasarzai Lashkar
Specific Description A Salarzai tribal meeting
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
An improvised explosive device was 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 most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 8 to 17 to 23, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database. Spokesman for the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Abdul Rehman, called an Associated Press reporter and other local journalists claiming responsibility for the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 18 Fatalities / 45 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 45
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"France24 International News, "Suspected Suicide Bomber Targets Gathering of Tribal Elders", France24 International News, November 06, 2008."
"Agence France Presse / AFP (France), "Two Suicide Attacks in NW Pakistan Kill 19", Lexis Nexis, Agence France Presse, November 06, 2008."
"Shamim Shahid, "Bajaur Lashkar Bombed; 23 Dead", Nation (Pakistan), November 07, 2008."