Incident Summary:

10/28/2009: On Wednesday afternoon, at about 1300, in People's Mandi, Peshawar, North West Fontier Province, Pakistan, assailants detonated a remote-controlled vehicle-borne improvised explosive device at the crowded Mina Bazaar market, killing 120 civilians and children, injuring 200 others, and damaging at least 50 shops, 50 vehicles, several residences, several buildings, and a nearby mosque. The probable motive for the attack was in revenge for the Pakistan army's offensive against Taliban fighters in South Waziristan. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban is thought to be responsible.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

North-West Frontier Province


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 Mina Bazaar market
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
Weapon Details
A remote-controlled vehicle-borne improvised explosive device was 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 most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 105 to 120, 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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 120 Fatalities / 200 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 120
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 200
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Press TV, "Peshawar Blast Death Toll Reaches 105,"§ionid=351020401 (October 29, 2009)."
Xinhua News Agency, “Car Bomb Blast Kills 90 in NW Pakistan's Peshawar,” (October 28, 2009).
"Xinhua News Agency, "Peshawar Blast Death Toll Hits 120 As Rescue Continues," (October 31, 2009)."