Incident Summary:

12/28/2008: On Sunday, a suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle outside a polling station set up in the Shal Bandai school in Shalbandi village in Buner, North West Frontier, Pakistan. A polling for by-elections for NA-28 constituency Buner was underway when the bomber rammed his explosive laden vehicle at the polling station of ANP candidate. The blast occurred about 90 minutes after polling had started. The blast killed 23 people and injured 16. Two policemen, a volunteer and five children were among the victims. Some of the deceased are identified as Ismail Khan, Nawab, Hazarat Rehman, constable Bahadar Zaib and Pervez Khan. The injured were rushed to the district headquarters hospital for treatment where the condition of some of the victims was stated to be in danger; while some of the critically injured were shifted to Peshawar and Mardan for proper treatment. The bomber was driving a Suzuki carry van. The front wall of the school and an adjoining market and were destroyed and a mosque and several houses were damaged. According to witnesses, the bomber was about 18 years old. The Swat unit of theTehrik-e-Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and said that the attack had been carried out to avenge the killling of six members in the area four months ago.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North-West Frontier Province


Location Details:
At a polling station in the Shal Bandai school in the Shalbandi village in Buner.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Shal Bandi School
Specific Description A polling station in the Shal Bandi government school
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A Suzuki carry van 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 23 to 30 to 41, and the injuries for this attack from 16 to 20, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 24 Fatalities / 16 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 24
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 16
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Associated Press of Pakistan, "Death Toll in Buner Blast Reaches to 23: Police," (December 28, 2008)."
"Press Trust of India, "23 Killed as Suicide Bomber Strikes at Polling Station in Pak," LexisNexis Academic, Press Trust of India, December 28, 2008."