Incident Summary:

06/08/2014: Ten assailants wearing suicide vests attacked the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi city, Sindh province, Pakistan. Thirty-eight people, including the ten assailants, were killed and at least 22 others were wounded in the attack. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that the attacks were a response to Pakistani airstrikes on villages in Northwestern Pakistan as well as a response to the November drone strike by the United States that killed the former TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud. Additionally, authorities suspected that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi may have helped to organize the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Jinnah International Airport area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Jinnah International Airport
Specific Description Terminal
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden vests, grenades, rocket launchers, and assault rifles 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 incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi No
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 38 Fatalities / 22 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 38
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 10
Total Number of Injured 22
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Karachi airport attack signals alarming tactical shift by Taliban," Reuters, June 12, 2014.
"Uzbek fighters involved in Pakistan airport siege: militants," Agence France Presse -- English, June 11, 2014.
"US offers to help Pakistan with airport probe," Al Jazeera, June 10, 2014.