Incident Summary:

01/02/2016: Assailants and suicide bombers attacked an Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot city, Pathankot district, Punjab state, India. At least five assailants and seven security personnel were killed and 20 others were injured in the ensuing clash that continued until January 4, 2016. The United Jihad Council claimed responsibility for the incident; however, Indian authorities denied the claim. Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) also claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

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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 Indian Air Force
Specific Description Airbase
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden belts, grenades, 52-mm mortars, AK-47 assault rifles, and commando knives were 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information The victims included Subedar Fateh Singh. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
United Jihad Council (suspected) National Highway Squad Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"India air base attack: At least 8 dead," CNN, January 4, 2016.
"Gunfire, blasts at Indian air base, two militants still at large," Reuters, January 3, 2016.
"Pakistan arrests Jaish members in connection with India air base attack," Dawn, January 14, 2016.