Incident Summary:

03/27/2009: On Friday, near Jamrud, FATA, Pakistan, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside a mosque. At least 57 people were killed and 158 injured. Eighteen police officers and four paramilitary soldiers were killed in the blast. No motive was reported and government officials suspect Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan to be behind the attack.

GTD ID:
200903270005

When:
2009-03-27

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

North-West Frontier Province

City:
Near Jamrud

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity
Specific Description Worshipers at a mosque
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A suicide 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 48 to 57, and the injuries for this attack from 150 to 158, 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) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 57 Fatalities / 158 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 57
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 158
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"New York Times, "Suicide Bomber Kills 48 In Pakistan," New York Times, March 27, 2009, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/28/world/asia/28pstan.html?_r=1&hp."
"Dawn, "Suicide Blast Kills 50 At Mosque In Khyber," Dawn, March 27, 2009, http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/Dawn%20Content%20Library/dawn/news/pakistan/nwfp/blast-destroys-mosque-khyber--qs."