Incident Summary:

03/07/2016: A suicide bomber opened fire and then detonated at a local court in Shabqadar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. In addition to the bomber, at least 17 people were killed and 30 others were injured in the blast. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) faction, claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the execution of Mumtaz Qadri.




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 Government of Shabqadar
Specific Description Local Court
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)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 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 18 Fatalities / 30 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 30
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Pakistan: Police lodge Shabqadar suicide attack FIR," The News Online, March 8, 2016."
"Shabqadar bomb blast: Death toll rises to 8," The News Tribe, March 7, 2016."