Incident Summary:

10/18/2009: On Sunday, in Pishin, Sistan va Baluchestan, Iran, a suicide bomber hit a unity meeting between Sunni and Shi'i tribal leaders. The explosion killed a number of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commanders. Thirty-five people were killed an another twenty-five were wounded in all. Among the dead were General Nur-Ali Shushtari, commander of the Revolutionary Guards in Sistan-Baluchestan province, General Mohammad-Zadeh, the Guards' commander for the town of Iranshahr and the commander of the Amir al-Momenin unit. About ten tribal leaders were killed as well. It is unknown if the attack caused any property damage. The local Sunni group, Jundollah(God's soldiers), claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Sistan and Balochistan


Location Details:
The attack took place in Pishin, Sistan va Baluchestan, Iran.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description The target was a meeting between Sunni and Shi'i tribal leaders.
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
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
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 available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from thirty five to 42, and the injuries for this attack from 30 to 75, and because no majority figures were reported, the lowest proferred casualty figures were used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
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 35 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 35
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Islamic Republic News Agency, "Terrorist Attack Kills IRGC Commanders In South East Iran," World News Connection, Islamic Republic News Agency, October 18, 2009.
Reuters:, "Suicide Bomber Kills 35 In Attack On Iran Guards," (October 18, 2009).
Reuters,, "Death Poll In Iran Bombing Rises To 42," World News Connection, Reuters, October 19, 2009.