Incident Summary:

03/16/2016: An explosive device planted on a bus transporting government employees detonated along Sunehri Masjid Road in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. At least 16 people were killed and 50 others were injured in the blast. Lashkar-e-Islam (Pakistan) claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for death sentences given to armed group members. Separately, Majlis-e-Lashkari also claimed responsibility and stated that the incident was carried out in revenge for recent military operations.

GTD ID:
201603160013

When:
2016-03-16

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

City:
Peshawar

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Pakistan
Specific Description Bus of Employees
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 Time Fuse
Weapon Details
An eight-kilogram explosive device with a time fuse was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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 Arshad Ali, Arshad Khan, Ismail, Mohammad Hamid, Mohammad Inam, Mohammad Riaz, Sattaruddin, Shafiq, and Shahid. 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
Lashkar-e-Islam (Pakistan) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Majlis-e-Lashkari Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 16 Fatalities / 50 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 16
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 50
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Bus blast kills 15 government employees in northwest Pakistan," Jerusalem Post, March 16, 2016."
"Pakistan Article Laments Upon Recent Terrorist Attack on Government Employs Bus in Peshawer," The Nation Online, March 19, 2016."
"Pakistan: Author Debates 'Surge in Violence' in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa After 'a Year of Calm'," The Friday Times Online, March 25, 2016."