Incident Summary:

01/20/2016: Four suicide bombers armed with grenades and firearms attacked students, faculty, and staff at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. At least 25 people, including all four assailants, were killed and 22 others were injured in the assault. The Tariq Geedar Group of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility; however, a separate TTP spokesperson disavowed the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Bacha Khan University
Specific Description University
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden vests, grenades, and Kalashnikovs 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Assistant Professor Dr. Hamid Hussain, Imran, Shahzad, Ahmed Kamal, Haider Ali, Karam, Fakhr Alam, Said Kamal, Abdul Majid, Saddiq Akbar, Rehmanullah, Nimatullah, Mohammad Ilayas, Sajid, Khalid Hussain, Sajjad, Habibullah, Ehsan, Asim, Zakir Ali, Samiullah, Tasbehiullah, Mohammad Ishaq, Mohammad Iqbal, Khzir Hayat, Ehsanullah Khan, Khalid Hussain, and Mohammad Ayaz. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) (suspected) Tariq Geedar Group Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 25 Fatalities / 22 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 25
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 22
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Pakistan holds day of mourning over university attack as death toll rises to 21," Belfast Telegraph, January 21, 2016.
"Professor among 20 martyred, four terrorists killed, university cleared: DPO," The Balochistan Times (AsiaNet), January 21, 2016.
"19 killed, over 50 injured in university attack in Pakistan," Xinhua News Agency, January 20, 2016.