Incident Summary:

12/06/2010: On Monday, in Ghalanai, Mohmand, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan, two suicide bombers riding motorcycles struck a government office, where over 100 tribal elders were meeting, leaving at least 50 people dead and 60 injured. The office and several other buildings were also destroyed in the attack. Two slain tribal elders were identified as Malik Salim Khan and Malik Kachkol. Two local journalists, Muhammad Pervez and Wahab, who were covering the tribal jirga, were also killed in the blasts. The chief Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Omar Khalid, claimed responsibility for the attack. "Our two suicide bombers targeted people who were working against the Taliban. Those who will work against us and make lashkars (tribal militias) or peace committees will be targeted. Our war is to enforce Sharia (Islamic law) and anyone who hinders our way or sides with America will meet the same fate," Khalid said.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Mohmand district

Location Details:
In Ghalanai, Mohmand, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, 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 Tribal elders
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/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A suicide 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 most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 40 to 50, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database. The available sources listed the injuries for this attack from 60 to 120, 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
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 52 Fatalities / 60 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 52
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 60
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Press TV, "Twin Bombs Kill 50 People in Pakistan," (December 6, 2010).
Xiong Tong, "Fifty Die in Twin Taliban Suicide Attacks in Pakistan: Official," Xinhua News Agency, December 6, 2010,
Agence France Presse, "Twin Suicide Attack Kills 40 at Pakistan Anti-Taliban Mee," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, December 7, 2010.