Incident Summary:

12/05/2008: On Friday, 27 people were killed and over 50 were wounded when a bomb, containing 25 to 30 kilograms of explosives, planted in a van exploded at the Kabari bazaar in Peshawar, North West Frontier, Pakistan. Nearby buildings and shops, including a mosque and a hotel, caught fire and their windows were blown out in the explosion. Over 50 vehicles were destroyed in the attack as well. The blast caused a natural gas pipeline to explode, which caused many of the buildings to catch on fire. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North-West Frontier Province


Location Details:
At the Kabari bazaar in Peshawar, North West Frontier, Pakistan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description The Kabari bazaar
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians were targeted.
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
A bomb containing 25 to 30 kilograms of explosives and planted in a van 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 18 to 27, and the injuries for this attack from 50 to 67, 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 27 Fatalities / 50 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 27
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 50
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Agence France Presse, "Death Toll in Peshawar Bomb Blast Rises to 27: Police," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, December 6, 2008.
Riaz Khan, "Car Bomb Kills 18 in Pakistani City of Peshawar," LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press Worldstream, December 5, 2008.
Associated Press of Pakistan, "Twenty Killed, 50 Injured in Peshawar Blast: Dr Khazir," Associated Press of Pakistan, December 5, 2008,