Incident Summary:

08/14/2014: Six assailants, including suicide bombers, launched rockets, threw grenades, planted explosives, and opened fire at Khalid airbase in Quetta city, Balochistan province, Pakistan. All six assailants were killed as security forces repelled the assault. Four explosive devices were also discovered and defused outside the airbase. This was one of two coordinated attacks targeting military airbases in Quetta on the same day. At least 11 security personnel were injured across the two assaults. The Fidaeen-i-Islam group and the South Waziristan chapter of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) both claimed responsibility for the incidents, stating that the attacks were in retaliation for the military's recent military campaign, Operation Zarb-e-Azb, in North Waziristan. Authorities also attributed the attack to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).

GTD ID:
201408140002

When:
2014-08-14

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Balochistan

City:
Quetta

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Pakistan Air Force
Specific Description Khalid Airbase
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack represent an equal division of a cumulative total of killed and wounded across incidents 201408140001 and 201408140002.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) No
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Fidaeen-i-Islam; South Waziristan Chapter Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 6
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Pakistani Taliban claim airbase attacks," Agence France Presse -- English, August 15, 2014.
"Thwarted attack: 12 militants killed in 11-hour gunfight at Quetta airbases," The Express Tribune, August 16, 2014.
"Pakistani Taliban claim airbase attacks," Plus News Pakistan, August 16, 2014.