Incident Summary:

02/21/2017: A suicide bomber detonated at the gate of the court complex in Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Following the blast, two additional suicide bombers armed with grenades and firearms attacked the complex. At least 10 people, including all three assailants, were killed and 22 other people were injured in the incident. The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Specific Description Court Complex
Nationality of Target Pakistan
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden belts weighing between seven and kilograms, grenades, AK-47 assault rifles, and 9-mm pistols were 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 majority reliable estimate is recorded here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 22 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 22
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Pakistan: Three 'Uzbek' Militants Among 10 Killed, 22 Injured in Charsadda Suicide Attack by JuA," Dawn Online, February 22, 2017.
"Pakistan: Three 'facilitators' of Charsadda courthouse attack arrested," The Express Tribune Online, February 22, 2017.
"Xinhua: 4th LD Writethru: 6 Civilians Killed, 30 Injured In NW Pakistan Court Attack," Xinhua, February 21, 2017.