Incident Summary:

12/28/2009: On Monday, after 1600, a Shia religious procession celebrating Ashura, where Shia Muslims mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hossein, was attacked by a suicide bomber along Muhammad Ali Jinnah Road in Karachi, Sindh province, Pakistan. The explosion occurred at the beginning of the procession in order to disrupt the mourning. The bomber was Hasnain Muawia. Forty-five civilians were killed and more than 100 people were wounded. The attack led to rioting by procession members, where vehicles and shops were attacked. Over 400 shops in the Light House Bolton Market and over 50 vehicles were set on fire. The members had turned its anger toward nearby police for apparently not protecting them enough. Police and paramilitary troops had to fire into the air to disperse the crowd. On 20091230, commander Asmatullah Shaheen of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack and threatened more attacks on the US ally within 10 days. Two people have been arrested in connections with the bombing.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Along Muhammad Ali Jinnah Road in Karachi

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 Shia religious procession
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 45 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 45
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
Ney York Times, “Death Toll Climbs in Attack on Pakistani Shiites,” World News Connection, New York Times, December 29, 2009.
Jane’s Intelligence, “Suicide Attack Kills 33 in Pakistan's Karachi,” Terrorism Watch Report, December 29, 2009.
Press TV, “Death Toll in Karachi Bombing Rises to 32,”§ionid=351020401 (December 29, 2009).