Incident Summary:

01/22/2017: Assailants sabotaged a railway track and caused a train to derail in Kuneru, Andhra Pradesh, India. At least 34 people were killed and 61 people were injured in the derailment. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Maoists.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Andhra Pradesh


Location Details:
The incident occurred in Vizinagaram district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Indian Railways
Specific Description Railway Tracks
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Sabotage Equipment
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 Claimed Responsibility
Maoists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 34 Fatalities / 61 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 34
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 61
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Blast near railway track at Sant Kabir Nagar, UP," Oneindia, March 28, 2017."
"NIA and CID started investigation into Kuneru rail accident," Times of India, January 24, 2017."
"Maoists behind Kuneru rail accident in Andhra Pradesh, says NIA,", March 31, 2017."