Incident Summary:

04/17/2010: On Saturday morning at 1155 and Saturday afternoon at 1203, in the Kacha Pukka area of Kohat district, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan, 41 civilians were killed and 64 others were wounded when two suicide bombers dressed in burqas detonated their explosives inside a camp for the displaced. Eight to 10 kilograms of explosives were used in each suicide attack. The Al-Aalmi faction of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) claimed responsibility, and cited the presence of Shia Muslims at the camp was the reason for the attack.

GTD ID:
201004170009

When:
2010-04-17

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

City:
Kohat

Location Details:
In Kacha Pukka area of Kohat district, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan.

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 Displaced Shia Muslims
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 vests containing eight to 10 kilograms of explosives each 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 fatalities for this attack from 41 to 44, and the injuries for this attack from 64 to 70, 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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Aalmi Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 43 Fatalities / 64 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 43
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 64
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
Jane’s Intelligence, “Suicide Bombers Kill Forty Four in Pakistan's Kohat,” Terrorism Watch Report, April 19, 2010.
Press TV, “Pakistan Blasts Death Toll Hits 41,” http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=123577§ionid=351020401 (April 17, 2010).
News, “Forty-One People Killed in Two Suicide Attacks in Kohat,” World News Connection, News, April 18, 2010.