Incident Summary:

03/03/2013: An explosives-laden car detonated in Abbas Town district, Karachi city, Sindh province, Pakistan. The explosion targeted a Shia mosque, killing at least 45 people and injuring more than 150 people. No group claimed responsibility for the attack; however, authorities arrested members of both Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi for their involvement in the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Incident occurred in Abbas Town

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Shiite Mosque
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
About 150kg of explosive material and ball bearings were 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 for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority estimates are reported here. Sources conflict on the perpetrator group involved in this incident and suggest that two groups may be involved.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi No
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Tehrik-i-Taliban Alam Sher Group No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators 6
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 45 Fatalities / 151 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 45
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 151
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Blast Kills at Least 45 Pakistanis in Shiite District of Karachi," New York Times, March 3, 2013."
"Pakistan: Rehman Malik suggests parliament's joint session against terrorism," Right Vision News, March 7, 2013."
"CID claims to have nabbed Abbas Town attack master mind," The Express Tribune, April 12, 2013."