Incident Summary:

09/05/2017: Assailants threw an explosive device at the residence of All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) councilor Punam Biswa in Mirik, West Bengal, India. There were no reported casualties as the device failed to detonate and was later defused. The Gorkha Liberation Army (GLA) claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

West Bengal


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Darjeeling district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC)
Specific Description Residence of Councillor: Punam Biswa
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A handmade explosive device was used in the attack.
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 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.
"Bomb hurled at house," Calcutta Telegraph, September 5, 2017.
"Mirik: Explosives recovered from TMC councillor'S house," The Echo Of India, September 5, 2017.