Incident Summary:

08/26/2017: Assailants stopped a truck transporting food along National Highway 10 in Kalimpong, West Bengal, India. The assailants forced the driver and passenger to abandon the truck before detonating an explosive device inside the vehicle. There were no reported casualties in the blast. The Gorkha Liberation Army (GLA) claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources also suspected the involvement of Maoists.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

West Bengal


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Satash Mile area along National Highway 10 between Siliguri and Sikkim.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Food Truck
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Unknown Weapon 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Gorkha Liberation Army (GLA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Maoists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
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.
"Third blast in Darjeeling in a week, no one injured," Asian Age, August 27, 2017.
"Blast on National Highway 10 to Sikkim," Oneindia, August 26, 2017.