Incident Summary:

11/12/2016: A suicide bomber detonated at the Shah Noorani shrine in Khuzdar district, Balochistan, Pakistan. In addition to the bomber, at least 52 people were killed and 100 others were injured in the blast. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack; however, officials questioned the veracity of this claim. Sources also attributed the incident to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Khuzdar district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Shah Noorani
Specific Description Shrine
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
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)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden jacket containing between six to seven kilograms of explosive material 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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Alami No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 53 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 53
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bombing at Sufi Shrine in Pakistan Kills Dozens," The New York Times, November 12, 2016.
"LEJ Al Alami is behind the Shah Norani incident: Sarfaraz Bugti," Daily Balochistan Express, November 15, 2016.
"Singapore: IS-claimed bombing kills at least 52 at Pakistan shrine," Channel NewsAsia Online, November 12, 2016.