Incident Summary:

03/08/2011: On Tuesday morning at 1015, near an Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) building in the Civil-Lines area in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan, 25 people were killed and 100 were wounded when a vehicle borne improvised explosive device exploded at a gas station near an Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) building. The intelligence service building and offices of Pakistan International Airlines collapsed and several other buildings and dozens of vehicles were damaged in the blast. A militant involved in the blast was arrested and another injured militant was taken to a nearby hospital. The 40 kilogram bomb set off gas cylinders at the gas station causing the explosion to be larger than it initially would have been. A spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Ehsanullah Ehsan, claimed responsibility for the bombing, stating in a phone call to Reuters that it was in retaliation for the killing of one of their commanders in the city in 2010.

GTD ID:
201103080006

When:
2011-03-08

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Punjab

City:
Faisalabad

Location Details:
The explosion took place near the Inter-Services Intelligence building in the Civil Lines area of Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Inter-Services Intelligence
Specific Description The Inter-Services Intelligence building was targeted in the attack.
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
A vehicle borne improvised explosive device 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
Additional Information The available sources listed the injuries for this attack from 100 to 154, 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 Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 25 Fatalities / 101 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 25
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 101
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
Sources
"Press TV, "Twenty Five Killed, 154 Injured in Pakistan Blast," http://www.presstv.ir/detail/168792.html (March 8, 2011)."
Augustine Anthony, “Bomb Kills 25 at Pakistan Gas Station, Many Hurt,” Reuters, March 1, 2011, http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/bomb-kills-20-at-pakistan-gas-station-many-hurt/.
Yang Lina, “Taliban Claims Responsibility for Suicide Car Blast in Pakistan,” Xinhua News Agency, March 8, 2011, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-03/08/c_13767309.htm.