Incident Summary:

12/15/2012: Potential suicide bombers crashed an explosive-laden vehicle into the outer wall of a military airbase at Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar city, Peshawar district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. The assailants also fired rocket-propelled grenades and opened fire at the airbase while attempting to gain entrance. Five assailants and nine others were killed and at least another 40 were injured in the attack. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the incident. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Pakistan Air Force
Specific Description Airbase
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Residences
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades 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
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) No
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 14 Fatalities / 40 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 40
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"PAK-LD AIRPORT 2 LAST," Press Trust of India, December 16, 2012.
"Pakistani Taliban claim suicide attack on Peshawar airport," Agence France Presse -- English, December 15, 2012.
"Rocket attack on Pakistan airport, two dead: officials," Agence France Presse -- English, December 15, 2012.