Incident Summary:

12/16/2014: Assailants detonated an explosives-laden vehicle and then stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar city, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. At least 151 students and staff were killed and more than 120 other people were injured in the attack. Additionally, all seven assailants were either killed by security forces or detonated their suicide vests. Finally, several explosive devices planted in the school by the assailants were defused after the attack. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that it was revenge for Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan. The Mullah Fazlullah Group also claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Army Public School

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Pakistan Army
Specific Description Army Public School
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 500
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives Land Mine
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 7
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 158 Fatalities / 121 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 158
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 7
Total Number of Injured 121
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Pakistan school attack: Suspects arrested in Afghanistan," BBC, January 14, 2015.
"APS student dies two years after school carnage," The Messenger, December 14, 2016.
"Another injured student expires," The Nation Pakistan, December 24, 2014.