Incident Summary:

10/24/2016: Three suicide bombers attacked a Pakistani Police training center in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. Approximately 300 police cadets were taken hostage during the overnight standoff with security forces. Two bombers detonated and the third assailant was shot and killed by security forces. In addition to the three assailants, at least 64 people, including 62 cadets, one army captain, and one paramilitary soldier, were killed and 161 other people were injured in the incident. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack; however, sources questioned the veracity of these claims. Separately, Halqa-e-Mehsud and the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) also claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Pakistani Police
Specific Description Training Center
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 300
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Three explosives-laden vests, grenades, and Kalashnikov assault rifles 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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Halqa-e-Mehsud Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (suspected) Al-Alami Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 67 Fatalities / 161 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 67
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 161
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bloodbath in Quetta," The Financial Daily, October 28, 2016.
"Isil 'took part' in Quetta attack, says Pakistani terror group ally," Telegraph, October 26, 2016.
"Quetta Attack: At Least 59 Police Recruits Killed in Twin Attack," Outlook India, October 25, 2016.