Incident Summary:

02/16/2013: An explosives-laden water tanker detonated in a vegetable market in Quetta, Balochistan province, Pakistan. The blast killed 91 people and wounded at least 169 others. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that the blast was meant to kill members of Pakistan's minority Hazara community. In a responsive police operation, four alleged assailants were killed, including the suspected mastermind of the attack, Shah Wali. On Friday, February 22, Pakistani officials announced that they had arrested the leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Malik Ishaq, in connection with the blast.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Occurred in Hazara Town

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Hazara Civilians
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 Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An explosive device containing between 800 and 1,000 kilograms of explosive material and planted in a water tanker 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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 91 Fatalities / 169 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 91
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 169
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Death toll in Quetta attack rises to 91," Press Trust of India, February 21, 2013.
"Thousands of Shiites protest in Pakistan following bombing that targeted sect and killed 89," Associated Press Newswires, February 18, 2013.
"UPDATE 3-Pakistan Shi'ites demand protection from militants," Reuters News, February 18, 2013.