Incident Summary:

09/03/2010: On Friday, in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan, a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device targeting a Shiite Muslim rally, killing 65 civilians including one media worker, wounding 150 civilians including six media workers, and causing an unknown amount of property damage. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar i Jhangvi both claimed responsibility.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



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 Shiite Muslim gathered at a rally
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
Additional Information The available sources listed the injuries for this attack from 150 to 200, 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
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 66 Fatalities / 150 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 66
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 150
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Sixty-Six Civilians, One Media Worker Killed, 179 Civilians, Six Media Workers Wounded in Suicide IED Attack in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 6, 2011."
Abdul Sattar, “Death Toll Rises to 65 in Attack on Pakistanis,” LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press of Pakistan, September 4, 2010.
Press TV, “Pakistan Bombing Death Toll Hits 65,” (September 4, 2010).