Incident Summary:

12/18/2013: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a military checkpoint in Mir Ali town, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan. In addition to the assailant, five soldiers were killed and 34 other people were wounded in the attack. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that the attack was in retaliation for the death of the group's leader, Hakimullah Mehsud. Hizb al-Tahrir al-Islami (HT) and Mujahideen Ansar also claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Federally Administered Tribal Areas

Mir Ali

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Pakistan Army
Specific Description Khajori Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Pakistan
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 Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hizb al-Tahrir al-Islami (HT) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Mujahideen Ansar Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 34 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 34
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suicide attack kills four soldiers in Pakistan: officials," Agence France Presse -- English, December 18, 2013.
"Pakistan: At least 23 suspected militants killed in North Waziristan," Right Vision News, December 21, 2013.
"Pakistan: Suicide Attack Kills 4 Soldiers in North Waziristan," Dawn Online, December 18, 2013.