Incident Summary:

11/17/2015: An explosive device detonated near a Pakistan Railways Jaffar Express train in Abi Gum, Bolan district, Balochistan province, Pakistan. At least 16 people were killed and 150 others were injured in the blast. The Baloch Young Tigers (BYT) claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the alleged abduction of civilians during a military operation in Bolan.

GTD ID:
201511170010

When:
2015-11-17

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Balochistan

City:
Abi Gum

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Bolan district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Jaffar Express
Specific Description Train
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Remote Trigger
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here. There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources stated that initial investigations revealed that the train derailed due to excessive speed, causing a brake failure.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Baloch Young Tigers (BYT) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 16 Fatalities / 150 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 16
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 150
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Highlights: Pakistan Balochistan Press 18 November 2015," OSC Summary, November 18, 2015."
"Pakistan: Jaffar Express struck by explosion; seven killed," Dawn Online, November 17, 2015."
"12 Killed, Over 100 Injured in Train Accident in Pak," Outlook India, November 17, 2015."