Incident Summary:

02/18/2010: On Thursday, a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device in a cattle market in Tirah valley of Khyber region. At least 26 people were killed and more than 100 injured. The cattle market was damaged in the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although it was believed that Ansar-ul-Islam was responsible.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Khyber district

Location Details:
In the Tirah valley

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 Civilians
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device carried by a suicide bomber 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 45 to 30, 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
Ansarul Islam (Pakistan) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 31 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 31
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
Press TV, “Dozens Dead in Pakistani Market Blast,”§ionid=351020401 (February 18, 2010).
National Counterterrorism Center, "Several Civilians Killed, Many Others Injured in Suicide IED Attack by Suspected Ansar-ul-Islam in Tirah, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan ," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, July 06, 2010.
Xinhua News Agency, “Fourth LD Dozens Killed in Two Blasts in NW Pakistan,” LexisNexis Academic, Xinhua News Agency, February 18, 2010.