Incident Summary:

12/20/2017: Five explosive devices were discovered and defused in Podahaat Forest near Karaikela, Jharkhand, India. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attempted attack to the Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and stated that the devices were intended to target security forces.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Karaikela

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Podahaat Forest, in the West Singhbhum district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Indian Armed Forces
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Five 10-kilogram roadside can bombs were 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
Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) No
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
"Maoist bandh in Jharkhand: Mobile tower set on fire, bombs and posters recovered," UNI (United News of India), December 20, 2017.
"Maoists torch mobile tower, police seize five IEDs," The Statesman, December 20, 2017.