Incident Summary:

08/19/2017: An explosive device detonated in the Chowk Bazaar neighborhood in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. There were no reported casualties, but several shops were damaged in the blast. The Gorkha Liberation Army (GLA) claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources also attributed the attack to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which denied involvement, and Maoists.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

West Bengal


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Chowk Bazaar neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Chowk Bazaar
Specific Description Bazaar
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 Unknown Explosive Type
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) (suspected) No
Gorkha Liberation Army (GLA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Maoists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"India: Posters Signed by Gorkha Liberation Army Claim Responsibility of Blasts in West Bengal," The Hindu Online, September 8, 2017.
"Theories on Morcha 'twin strategies'," Calcutta Telegraph, August 22, 2017.
"Blast rocks Darjeeling, UAPA case slapped against Gurung," The Hindu, August 20, 2017.