Incident Summary:

11/29/2017: Assailants opened fire on worshippers exiting the Babul Ilm Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan. At least two people, including an Intelligence Bureau (IB) official, were killed and three other people were injured in the assault. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State separately claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Islamabad Capital Territory


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Babul Ilm neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Intelligence Bureau (IB)
Specific Description Official: Hubdar Hussain
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Babul Ilm
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
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 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.)
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Gunmen attack Shiite mosque in Pakistan, kill 1, wound 3," Associated Press International, November 29, 2017.
"Imambargah attack: Police clueless about assailants," The Express Tribune, December 1, 2017.
"2 killed in firing outside Shia mosque in Pakistan's Islamabad," Xinhua News Agency, November 29, 2017.