Incident Summary:

08/24/2017: An explosive device detonated targeting a police station in Sukhia Pokhri, West Bengal, India. There were no reported casualties, but several shops were damaged in the blast. This was one of two similar bombings in Darjeeling district on this date. The Gorkha Liberation Army (GLA) claimed responsibility for the incident; sources also suspected that the attack was carried out by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which denied involvement.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

West Bengal

Sukhia Pokhri

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Indian Police Service (IPS)
Specific Description Sukhiapokhri Police Station
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?Yes
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 estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) (suspected) No
Gorkha Liberation Army (GLA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
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.
"GJM chief dashes letter to Mamata for dialogue," DNA India, August 25, 2017.
"India: Second blast in hills in 5 days, no one injured," The Asian Age Online, August 25, 2017.