Incident Summary:

"12/25/2010: On Saturday morning around 0845, in Khar city in the Bajaur district of Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan, a female suicide bomber detonated her explosive vest in a large crowd of people gathering at a checkpoint near the office of the World Food Program, killing 47 and injuring at least 72 others. The bomber also threw two hand grenades into the crowd just before detonating the explosives. The attack caused an unknown amount of property damage. The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility and said that the people of local Salarzai tribe were targeted as they "support the army" against the Taliban. Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq said that the Salarzai tribe had formed "Lashkar" or private army against the Taliban and that is why they were targeted. "We will also target those in future who support the government against us," Tariq said."




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Bajaur district

Location Details:
Khar city

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Salarzai
Specific Description Members of the Salarzai tribe
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
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 42 to 43, and the injuries for this attack from 72 to 100, so the majority casualty figures have been 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: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 0
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 48 Fatalities / 72 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 48
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 72
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Press TV, "Blast Kills 42, Injures 72 in Pakistan," (December 25, 2010)."
Ismail Khan, “Female Bomber Kills Dozens in Pakistan, Officials Say,” New York Times, December 25, 2010,
Yan, “Pakistan Taliban Claim Responsibility for Attack on WFP Distribution Point,” Xinhua News Agency, December 27, 2010,