Incident Summary:

01/13/2016: A suicide bomber detonated near a National Task Force for Polio Eradication health center in Satellite Town neighborhood, Quetta, Balochistan province, Pakistan. In addition to the bomber, at least 15 people were killed and 25 others were injured in the blast; the victims included Balochistan Constabulary officers, Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers, and polio workers. Jaish-e-Islam claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the torture of those being held by security personnel. Separately, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jundallah, and the Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State also claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Satellite Town neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity National Task Force for Polio Eradication
Specific Description Health Center
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Frontier Corps (FC)
Specific Description Members
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Balochistan Constabulary
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages 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 explosives-laden jacket containing seven to ten kilograms of explosive material 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 The victims included Faheem Ahmad, Khan Muhammad, Abdul Qadir, Faizullah, Jumma Khan, Abdul Khaliq, Rasool Bakhsh, Muhammad Asif, Hazoor Bakhash, Ali Gul, Ali Ahmed, and Tauseef. 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
Jaish-e-Islam Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Jundallah (Pakistan) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 16 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 16
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"15 die as suicide bomber strikes polio security team," Dawn (Pakistan), January 14, 2016."
"Daesh raids Pak targets," The Gulf Today, January 13, 2016."
"Pakistan: Deadly suicide bombing rocks polio centre in Quetta killing 14," International Business Times UK, January 13, 2016."