Incident Summary:

05/10/2012: An explosive device in a backpack detonated in a government demolition office in Zhaotong city, Yunnan province, China. Three people, including the bomber, were killed, and at least 14 people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. On August 20, 2012, officials confirmed that there was no suicide bomber; the assailants tricked the man into carrying the explosives into the office.




East Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Demolition Bureau
Specific Description Employees
Nationality of Target China
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)
Weapon Details
A homemade bomb 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 Sources state that the man who carried the explosive device into the building was Zhao Dengyong.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"4 dead in suicide bombing in China over house demolition," Japan Economic Newswire, May 11, 2012.
"China suicide bomber kills two in protest: Xinhua," Agence France Presse, May 10, 2012.
"3 killed as woman bomber blows herself up in protest in China," Press Trust of India, May 10, 2012.