Incident Summary:

12/17/2017: Two suicide bombers armed with grenades and firearms attacked Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. In addition to the two assailants, at least nine people were killed and 56 other people were injured in the blasts. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Bethel Memorial Methodist Church
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden vests containing 15 kilograms of explosives, grenades, and AK-47 assault rifles were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 majority 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.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 56 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 56
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Church attack: Suicide bombers caught on CCTV camera," Frontier Post, December 18, 2017."
"IS suicide bombers strike Pakistan church, 9 dead," Hindustan Times, December 18, 2017."
"Nine killed in Quetta church suicide attack," Daily Times, December 17, 2017."