Incident Summary:

10/27/2013: An explosive device detonated in the washroom of a train station in Patna city, Bihar state, India. The blast was targeting trains arriving with spectators for the Narendra Modi political rally. At least one assailant was killed in the explosion. This was one of seven attacks targeting the rally within the span of a few hours. Indian Muhajedeen claimed responsibility for the incidents, stating that the goal was to create a stampede in retaliation for the Muzaffarnagar riot in August 2013.




South Asia

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in a washroom at a train station

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Patna Junction
Specific Description Train Station
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Violent Political Party
Name of Entity Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Specific Description Rallyists
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 Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A crude explosive device was 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
Additional Information This was the first of seven blasts related to the rally in Ghandi Maidan, with this explosion occurring at 9:30am.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Indian Mujahideen Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Patna serial blasts claim another victim, toll rises to seven," India Today, November 23, 2013.
"Patna blasts suspect dies: Reports," India Blooms, November 1, 2013.
"Patna blasts aimed at setting off stampede," Times of India (Electronic Edition), October 29, 2013.