Incident Summary:

03/27/2016: A suicide bomber detonated at Gulishan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. In addition to the bomber, at least 78 people were killed and more than 350 others were injured in the blast. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility and stated that the attack targeted Christians celebrating Easter Sunday and was also in retaliation for military operations in the area.




South Asia

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Location Details:
The incident occurred at Gulshan-i-Iqbal park.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Gulishan-e-Iqbal Park
Specific Description Park
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 vest 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 Saima Ayyaz and Atif Riaz. 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 Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 79 Fatalities / 351 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 79
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 351
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Pakistan: Toll 76 as two more park blast victims die," The News Online, April 1, 2016."
"Gulshan-I-Iqbal Attack: Another injured passes away," The Express Tribune, April 12, 2016."
"Pakistan bombing: Suspects, arms seized after attack on Christians kills 74," CNN, March 28, 2016."