Incident Summary:

03/26/2011: On Saturday afternoon at 1315, in Nepalgunj, Banke, Bagmati, Nepal, six people were injured when an improvised explosive device detonated inside a passenger bus, plate number Na 4 Kha 1332, on the Mahendra Highway in Paparawa. According to police, a passenger may have kept the explosive under the seat, and that the suspected passenger is unconscious. The victims were identified as Ram Dutta Sharma, Radha Yadav, Srijana Yadav, Aasha Thapa, Chandra Yadav and Tilak Bahadur Chand. The specific motive for the attack is unknown; however, the attack may have been carried out due to a militant shutdown imposed in the area. The attack caused an unknown amount of property damage to the bus and no group claimed responsibility, but it is suspected that the Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM) were responsible.

GTD ID:
201103260008

When:
2011-03-26

Country:
Nepal

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Mid-Western

City:
Near Banke

Location Details:
The incident occurred on the Mahendra Highway.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity
Specific Description A passenger bus was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Nepal
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 Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An 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 six to seven and because no majority figures were reported, the lowest proferred casualty figures were used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database. The available sources listed the time for this attack from 1315 to 1330 and because no majority figures were reported, the lowest proferred time figures were used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Janatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha (JTMM) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
South Asia Terrorism Portal, "One Person Killed and Over Two Dozen Injured in IED Blast Inside a Bus in Rupandehi District," Nepal News, http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/detailed_news.asp?date1=3/28/2011&id=3#3 (March 28, 2011).
Jane’s Intelligence, “IED Attack Targets Passenger Bus in Nepal's Banke,” Terrorism Watch Report, INSEC, March 29, 2011.
Surendra Kafele, “Bomb Goes Off in Running Bus in Bankea Six Injured,” LexisNexis Academic, Himalayan Times, March 26, 2011.