Incident Summary:

02/16/2017: A suicide bomber detonated at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Sufi Shrine in Sehwan, Sindh, Pakistan. In addition to the assailant, at least 90 people were killed and over 350 other people were injured in the blast. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State and the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) separately claimed responsibility for the attack. Sources also attributed the incident to the Hafeez Brohi Group.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Sufi Shrine
Specific Description Shrine
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vest carrying 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 most recent and lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Hafeez Brohi Group No
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 91 Fatalities / 351 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 91
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 351
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Pakistan Report Highlights Terrorism Incidents Involving Hafeez Brohi Group Including Sehwan Attack," BBC Online, February 20, 2017.
"Two high profile suspects, believed to be involved in Sehwan blast, held in Karachi," Daily Regional Times, February 21, 2019.
"Pakistan: Sehwan blast facilitator arrested from Khairpur," Pakistan Today Online, February 19, 2017.