Incident Summary:

05/23/2009: On Saturday morning at about 0930, in Dhobighat, Lalitpur, Nepal, a bomb exploded in the Church of Assumption, killing one Indian child and two Nepalese civilians and wounding one child and 11 civilians and damaging the church. Nepal Defense Army claimed responsibility.




South Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity The Church of Assumption
Specific Description The target of the bombing was a church.
Nationality of Target Nepal
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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 Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Unknown explosives 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Nepal Defense Army Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 12 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 12
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Child, Two Civilians Killed, Eleven Others, One Child Wounded in Bombing by Nepal Defense Army in Dhobighat, Lalitpur, Nepal," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, December 28th, 2009.
Bangkok Post, "Two Dead in Nepal Church Blast," (May 23rd, 2009).
Xinhua News Agency, "Two Killed, Dozen Injured in Bomb Blast at Church in Nepal ," Xinhua News Agency, May 23rd, 2008.