Incident Summary:

04/03/2011: On Sunday afternoon at 1740, in Dera Gazi Khan, Punjab, Pakistan, two suicide bombers detonated their explosives at the front and back of the Sufi Muslim Sakhi Sarwar shrine, killing 50 and wounding 100 others attending an annual festival. A third attacker, Fida Hussain, who was wounded, was arrested after his explosive-laden jacket failed to fully detonate. Three more suspects were arrested from the Garrison city of Rawalpindi in connection with the shrine attacks. Police officials revealed that the shrine had been receiving threats prior to the attack. The attack caused an unknown amount of property damage and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman, Ahmadullah Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack claiming it was a reaction to the army’s operation against the militants. TTP Spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, also made a second claim of responsibility to Reuters via telephone from an undisclosed location stating “Our men carried out these attacks and we will carry out more in retaliation for government operations against our people in the northwest.”

GTD ID:
201104030003

When:
2011-04-03

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Punjab

City:
Dera Ghazi Khan

Location Details:
At the Sufi Muslim Sakhi Sarwar shrine in Dera Gazi Khan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Sufi Muslim Sakhi Sarwar shrine
Specific Description The Sufi Muslim Sakhi Sarwar shrine 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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Three suicide vests were 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 50, 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: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 52 Fatalities / 102 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 52
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 102
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
Sources
Salmon Masood, “Blast at Pakistan Shrine Kills Dozens,” New York Times, April 3, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/world/asia/04pakistan.html?_r=1&ref=asia.
Zhang Xiang, “Death Toll from Pakistan Shrine Blasts Rises to 50,” Xinhua News Agency, April 4, 2011, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-04/04/c_13812844.htm.