Incident Summary:

12/29/2015: A suicide bomber detonated at a National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. In addition to the bomber, at least 26 people were killed and more than 50 others were injured in the blast. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack, although another TTP representative denied the group's involvement.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA)
Specific Description Office
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)
Weapon Details
An explosive-laden vest was 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 attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) (suspected) Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 27 Fatalities / 51 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 27
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 51
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Breakthrough: NADRA office bomber identified," The Express Tribune, January 31, 2016.
"Pakistan: 26 die as suicide bomber hits Nadra office in Mardan," Dawn Online, December 30, 2015.
"Pakistan: 21 dead, 32 injured in NADRA office blast in Mardan," The Nation Online, December 30, 2015.