Incident Summary:

08/16/2015: Two suicide bombers detonated inside the office of Shuja Khanzada in Shadi Khan village, Punjab province, Pakistan. In addition to the two bombers, at least 20 people, including Khanzada, the Punjab Prime Minister, were killed and 17 others were injured in the blasts. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi separately claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the death of a leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Additionally, Lashkar-e-Islam (Pakistan) claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in revenge for military operations against the group.

GTD ID:
201508160015

When:
2015-08-16

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Punjab

City:
Shadi Khan

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Punjab
Specific Description Office of Punjab Prime Minister: Shuja Khanzada
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Lashkar-e-Islam (Pakistan) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 22 Fatalities / 17 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 22
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 17
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"AFP: Suicide Attack On Pakistan Provincial Minister Kills Eight: Official," AFP (World Service), August 16, 2015.
"First attack on Shuja Khanzada failed, arrested suspect reveals," Dunya News, October 3, 2015.
"Shuja Khanzada attack suspect sent on 14-day remand," Daily Pakistan Today, September 30, 2015.