Incident Summary:

05/12/2017: A suicide bomber detonated near the convoy of Abdul Ghafoor Haideri near Mastung, Balochistan, Pakistan. In addition to the assailant, at least 28 people were killed and 30 other people, including Haideri, the Pakistan Senate deputy chairperson, were injured in the blast. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Mastung

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Pakistan Senate
Specific Description Convoy of Deputy Chairman: Abdul Ghafoor Haideri
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Pakistani Police
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages 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)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vest 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 The victims included Hameedullah and Iftikhar Mughal. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 29 Fatalities / 30 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 29
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 30
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Blast in Pakistan kills 25, wounds politician," CBC, May 12, 2017."
"Another victim of Mastung blast dies," Dunya News, May 13, 2017."
"Turkey condemns suicide attack in Pakistan," Anadolu Agency (AA), May 12, 2017."