Incident Summary:

09/27/2013: An explosive device detonated inside a passenger bus carrying Civil Secretariat employees in Peshawar city, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. At least 17 people were killed and another 33 were injured in the blast. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that it was carried out in retaliation for the abuse and torture of TTP members in Pakistani jails.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Civil Secretariat
Specific Description Employee Transport Bus
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 Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
A remote controlled bomb with 12 to 15 kg of explosives was hidden in the back of the bus 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 attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here. Ansarul Mujahideen also claimed responsibility.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 17 Fatalities / 33 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 17
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 33
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bus blast shows Taliban not sincere in peace talks," Plus News Pakistan, September 28, 2013."
"AFP: Pakistan Bus Bomb Kills At Least 18: Officials," AFP (World Service), September 27, 2013."
"Pakistan: 17 killed in Peshawar Civil Secretariat bus blast," Right Vision News, September 28, 2013."