Incident Summary:

12/07/2009: On Monday, two suicide bombers detonated themselves within seconds of each other at the Moon Market in Lahore, Punkab, Pakistan. They wore traditional Pakistani shalwar kamiz, were clean shaven, and appeared to be males between 16 and 17 years old. They had fifteen kilograms of explosives hidden in suicide jackets. As a result of the explosion, 49 people were killed and 150 others were wounded. Sources said the two bombers belonged to Southern Punjab. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
At the Moon Market in Lahore.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Moon Market
Specific Description The Moon Market was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages 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
Two suicide jackets packed with 15 kilograms of explosives 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 available sources listed the injuries for this attack from 150 to 180, 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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 51 Fatalities / 150 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 51
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 150
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Agence France Presse, “Death Toll of Blast near Military Installations in Pakistan Rises to 12,” LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, December 8, 2009.
International Herald Tribune, “Three Deadly Blasts Shake Green Zone in Baghdad; One Device Is Defused,” LexisNexis Academic, International Herald Tribune, December 16, 2009.