Incident Summary:

07/07/2013: Assailants detonated two explosive devices at the Bodhi tree in the Mahabodhi temple complex in Bodh Gaya religious site, Bihar state, India. The blast injured two monks and damaged a table. This was one of five coordinated bombings against Buddhist targets in town. The Indian Mujahideen and the Jamat al-Tawhid wal-Qisas claimed responsibility for the attacks.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Bodh Gaya

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Mahabodhi Temple
Specific Description Temple
Nationality of Target India
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 Time Fuse
Weapon Details
Two timed explosive devices containing ammonium nitrate and sulphur and hidden in gas cylinders were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Indian Mujahideen Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Jamat al-Tawhid wal-Qisas Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bodh Gaya blasts: NIA releases sketches of suspect," The Hindu, July 16, 2013.
"Bombs similar to Pune, Hyderabad, damaged timers reduced blasts," Indian Express, July 8, 2013.
"Bomb blast kills 6 people in northwest Pakistan," Times of India, July 8, 2013.