Incident Summary:

11/10/2009: On Tuesday afternoon at 1640, a suicide van bomb exploded at a busy intersection in the Ghafoor Market in of Charsadda, Pakistan. The van was packed with 40 kilograms of explosives and parked near the Farooq-i-Azam chowk on Tangi Road. The explosion killed 34 people and wounded more than 100. It also destroyed 50 shops on both sides of the intersection, and vehicles as well as knocked down electrical wires. No one has claimed the attack. This is related to the police cordoning off the area and a search operation was put into effect.




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 main bazaar, Farooq Azam Chowk
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A vehicle-borne 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 most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 10 to 20 to 25 to 34, and the injuries for this attack from 40 to 55 to 88 to 100, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 34 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 34
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
The Guardian, "Bomb Kills 20 in North-West Pakistan," (November 10, 2009).
Xinhua News Agency, "TSuicide Attack Kills 20 in NW Pakistan," LexisNexis Academic, Xinhua News Agency, November 10, 2009.
New York Times, "Bomb Hits near Crowded Market in Pakistan," (November 10, 2009).