Incident Summary:

02/13/2017: An explosive device detonated as it was being defused near a bus stop at Sariab Bridge in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. At least two Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) officers were killed and five other people, including officers and civilians, were injured in the blast. The Al Alami faction of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State separately claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred along the Sariab road.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS)
Specific Description Officers: Commander Abdur Razzaq, Head Constable Abdul Majeed
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians: Mir Khan, Irfan Ullah, Ali Hassan
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An explosive device weighing between 6 and 20 kilograms 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 The victims included Maqsood Ahmed, Kamran Farooq, Razzak Habib, Jasim Badeni, Muhammad Atif, Kaleem Ullah, Aeir Khan, Zainul Abaidin, and Lal Gull. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Alami Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two BDS cops killed while defusing bomb in Quetta," The Nation (AsiaNet), February 14, 2017.
"Two die, 12 injure in Quetta blast," Daily The Pak Banker (Plus Media Solutions Private Limited Publication), February 14, 2017.
"Pakistan politics: Quick View ? Suicide bombings in Lahore and Quetta," EIU ViewsWire Select, February 14, 2017.