Incident Summary:

03/30/2009: On Monday morning, in Manawan, Punjab, Pakistan, between eight and 14 armed assailants, some wearing police uniforms, stormed the Manawan police training facility and began firing and throwing grenades indiscriminately at the parade field where hundreds of recruits were training. During the nearly eight hour siege, the assailants continued to fire with small weapons and detonated several improvised explosive devices (IED), and also held approximately 400 officers and trainees hostage. At least three of the attackers detonated the IEDs they were carrying when the police closed-in on them. At least 11 police officers and recruits, one civilian were killed, and at least 90 officers and recruits were injured. The facility also suffered unsubstantiated damage. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
At the Manawan Police Academy in Manawan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Pakistan Police
Specific Description Police training facility.
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 400
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 8
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Multiple improvised explosive devices, grenades, and handguns 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 grenades used for the incident are IED Definitely Not. The outcome of the kidnapping was a combination as 12 people were killed and the remainder were rescued.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 90 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 90
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"National Counterterrorism Center, "11 Police Officers, One Civilian Killed, 90 Police Officers Injured, 400 Others Held Hostage in Armed and IED Attack by TTP in Manawan, Punjab, Pakistan," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, November 24, 2009."