Incident Summary:

08/18/2013: An explosive device detonated on a bus in Barobisha town, West Bengal state, India. At least eight civilians were injured in the explosion. The National Liberation Force of Bengalis (Bangali Janamukti Bahini) claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

West Bengal


Location Details:
The incident took place in Jalpaiguri district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Bus
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/Bombs/Dynamite Time Fuse
Weapon Details
A bomb planted on a bus with a timer device 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 for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Liberation Force of Bengalis (Bangali Janamukti Bahini) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Blast in empty bus on Assam border," Calcutta Telegraph, August 19, 2013.
"8 injured in Jalpaiguri bus blast, close shave for 50," Times of India, August 18, 2013.
"India: Bengali Militant Group Blasts Bomb Inside Bus in West Bengal To Grab Limelight," Anandabazar Patrika, August 22, 2013.