Incident Summary:

05/27/2009: On Wednesday, gunmen reportedly fired on guards before detonating a suicide car bomb at the Inter-Services Intelligence and the Lahore Police headquarters in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Around 30 people were killed, over 200 injured, and both buildings were damaged in the attack. Hakimullah Mehsud, a commander of the Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and said it had been carried out in revenge for the ongoing military operation to force militants out of the Swat valley.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)
Specific Description The Inter-Services Intelligence
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity
Specific Description Police headquarters in Lahore
Nationality of Target Pakistan
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 Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown explosives and unknown firearms were 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, and the injuries for this attack from 200 to 250, 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 Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 30 Fatalities / 200 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 30
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 200
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
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"Dawn (Pakistan), "Suicide Car Blast in Lahore Kills 23," Dawn (Pakistan), May 27, 2009,"
"Associated Press Worldstream,"Pakistan Gains in Swat as Trouble Flares Elsewhere," LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press Worldstream, May 31, 2009."