Incident Summary:

02/24/2012: Three suicide bombers attacked a police station with grenades and assault weapons, then detonated their explosives in Kotwali, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Six people, including the bombers, were killed, six more were wounded, and the police station was damaged. Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility, asserting that the attack was revenge for a drone strike which killed Al-Qa'ida leader Badr Munir. Abu Hafs Katibatul al-Ghurba al-Mujahideen also claimed responsibility.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Location Details:
Attack occurred in the Kotwali area of Peshawar, Khyber-Paktunkhwa Province, Pakistan

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Pakistani Police
Specific Description Police Station
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Assault rifles 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Abdullah Azzam Brigades Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Abu Hafs Katibatul al-Ghurba al-Mujahideen Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"PAKISTAN: POLICE STATION IS ATTACKED," The New York Times Abstracts, February 25, 2012.
"Pakistan: Militants attack police station, kill 3," The Associated Press, February 24, 2012.
"Suicide bombers kill four Pakistan police," Agence France Presse -- English, February 24, 2012.