Incident Summary:

09/22/2013: Two suicide bombers detonated outside of All Saints Church in Peshawar city, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. In addition to the two bombers, at least 85 people were killed and another 131 people were injured. Ahmed Marwat, a spokesperson for Jundallah, claimed responsibility stated that they attacked the church because Christians are enemies of Islam and that non-Muslims in Pakistan would be targeted in the future as long as drone strikes persist.

GTD ID:
201309220001

When:
2013-09-22

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

City:
Peshawar

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity All Saints Church
Specific Description Church
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Two suicide bombers equipped with explosive vests 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jundallah (Pakistan) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 87 Fatalities / 131 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 87
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 131
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"UPDATE 2-Suicide bomb attacks on Pakistan church kill at least 40 people -security officials," Reuters, September 22, 2013."
"Pakistan church blast 'kills 25'," BBC, September 22, 2013."
"Many killed in Pakistan suicide blast," Al Jazeera, September 22, 2013."