Incident Summary:

01/31/2017: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated near the rally of Harminder Jassi, an Indian National Congress (INC) party candidate, in Maur, Punjab, India. At least seven people were killed and 11 other people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility; however, officials suspected that the attack may have been carried out by either Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) or Khalistan Zindabad (Long Live Khalistan).

GTD ID:
201701310017

When:
2017-01-31

Country:
India

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Punjab

City:
Maur

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Indian National Congress (INC)
Specific Description Rally of Party Candidate: Harminder Jassi
Nationality of Target India
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/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden Maruti Alto 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 Claimed Responsibility
Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) (suspected) No
Khalistan Zindabad (Long Live Khalistan) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Two months after Maur blasts, 12-yr-old succumbs to injuries," The Pioneer (India), March 31, 2017.
"Punjab: Days before Maur blast, intelligence had warned of terror strike," Indian Express, February 11, 2017.
"Bhatinda blast: Three more die, toll rises to six," Indian Express, February 2, 2017.