Incident Summary:

12/29/2008: On Monday morning, at around 0730, in Saravan, Sistan va Baluchestan, Iran, an assailant detonated a suicide improvised explosive device (IED) vest, killing two police officers, wounding 20 others, and damaging a police station. Jundullah has reportedly claimed responsibility and that their reason was for retailiation against the authorities for destroying a religious school in Zabol. It is also reported that the suicide bomber was Abdol-ghafoor Rigi, the brother of Jundullah's leader, Abdolmalek Rigi.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Sistan and Balochistan


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity
Specific Description Police officers
Nationality of Target Iran
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 There is a discrepancy between sources about the amount of casualties resulting from this incident.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jundallah (Iran) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
New York Times, "Bomber Kills Four In Iran In Rare Act," Lexis Nexis, New York Times, December 30, 2008.
National Counterterrorism Center, "Two Police Officers Killed, Twenty Others Wounded in Suicide Improvised Explosive Attack by Suspected Jundullah in Saravan, Sistan va Baluchestan, Iran," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (December 01, 2008).
Xinhua News Agency, "Suicide Attack Kills Two Police Officers in Iran: Report," Lexis Nexis, Xinhua News Agency, December 29, 2008