Incident Summary:

01/21/2017: An explosive device detonated at the Eidgah Market in Parachinar, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan. At least 26 people were killed and 65 other people were injured in the blast. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the recent killing of Asif Chuto, a Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leader. Halqa-e-Mehsud also separately claimed responsibility and stated that the incident was carried out in revenge for the deaths of its members and to punish members of the Shia Muslim community for supporting Bashar al-Assad.

GTD ID:
201701210002

When:
2017-01-21

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Federally Administered Tribal Areas

City:
Parachinar

Location Details:
The incident occurred Kurram district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Eidgah Market
Specific Description Market
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 Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
A remote-controlled explosive device containing 12 kilograms of explosive material and hidden inside a vegetable box 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 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)
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Taliban Special Group (TSG) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 26 Fatalities / 65 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 26
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 65
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Blast rips through market in Pak, 25 dead, 50 injured," Times of India (Electronic Edition), January 22, 2017."
"Pakistan: Death toll in Parachinar blast rises to 26," The News Online, January 24, 2017."
"Carnage at Parachinar market; 25 killed, 87 injured," Dawn (Pakistan), January 22, 2017."