Incident Summary:

12/02/2008: On Tuesday, in Birendra Bazaar in Saptari, Nepal, a group of 10 to 12 armed militants of the Madhesh Rastriya Janatantrik Party (MRJP) set ablaze a passenger bus; burning one passenger alive and injuring five other passengers. The bus driver informed that the militants robbed 40 passengers of NR 300,000. The assailants allegedly set the bus on fire for violating the strike called by their party to protest the death of one of its militants. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Saptari district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity
Specific Description A passenger bus
Nationality of Target Nepal
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Unknown incendiary devices were 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 perpetrators for this attack from 10 to 12, and because no majority figures were reported, the lowest proferred perpetrator figures were used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Rastriya Janashakti Party (RJP) Activist No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Earthtimes, "One burnt alive as Nepal protestors set fire to passenger bus,",one-burnt-alive-as-nepal-protestors-set-fire-to-passenger-bus.html (December 02, 2008)
Deutsche Presse-Agentur, "One Burnt Alive as Nepal Protestors Set Fire to Passenger Bus," LexisNexis, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, December 02, 2008.
South Asia Terrorism Portal: "MRJP Sets Fire to Bus in Nepal," (December 03, 2008)