Incident Summary:

01/09/2018: A suicide bomber detonated near a Balochistan Constabulary vehicle along Zarghoon Road in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. In addition to the assailant, at least seven people, including five police officers and two civilians, were killed and 23 other people were injured in the blast. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in response to the killing of TTP members by security forces.

GTD ID:
201801090013

When:
2018-01-09

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Balochistan

City:
Quetta

Location Details:
The incident occurred along the Zarghoon Road.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Balochistan Constabulary
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden jacket containing 10 kilograms of explosive material and ball bearings and pellets as shrapnel was 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
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 23 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 23
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Suicide bomb blast causes multiple deaths in Quetta," Al Jazeera, January 9, 2018.
"Five cops among six martyred in Quetta blast," Business Recorder, January 10, 2018.
"Seven die, 23 injured in Quetta bomb attack," Gulf Times, January 9, 2018.