Incident Summary:

09/12/2010: On Sunday night around 0400, near Jhargram in West Midnapore, West Bengal, India, unidentified militants blew up a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) party office at Lodhasuli with a powerful landmine. The three-room building was completely destroyed, but no casualties were reported. No group claimed responsibility, but it was suspected that Communist Party of India-Maoists (CPI-M) were responsible.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

West Bengal

Near Lodhasuli

Location Details:
The attack took place at a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) party office at Lodhasuli near Jhargram in West Midnapore.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Communist Party of India-Marxist
Specific Description A Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) party office
Nationality of Target India
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/Bombs/Dynamite Land Mine
Weapon Details
A landmine was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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
Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Times of India, "Maoists Blow up CPI-M Party Office," Times of India, September 13, 2010,
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Political Party Office Damaged in Improvised Explosive Device Attack by Suspected Maoist Faction in West Midnapore, West Bengal, India," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 6, 2011.
Press Trust of India, "Maoists Blow up CPI-M Party Office," LexisNexis Academic, Press Trust of India, September 12, 2010.