Incident Summary:

05/17/2018: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the Frontier Corps (FC) Madagar Center in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. Following the blast, four additional assailants wearing explosives-laden vests and armed with grenades and firearms attacked the center. At least six people, including one National Highways and Motorways Police officer and all five assailants, were killed and three other soldiers and officers were injured in the blast and ensuing clash. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility and stated that the incident was carried out in retaliation for the killing of a TTP leader. Hizb-ul-Ahrar (HuA) separately claimed responsibility for the attack. Sources also attributed the incident to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.




South Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Frontier Corps (FC)
Specific Description Madagar Center
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Highways and Motorways Police
Specific Description Assistant Patrol Officer: Mohammad Idrees
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 Vehicle
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vehicle, explosives-laden vests, grenades, and Kalashnikov 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
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
Hizb-ul-Ahrar (HuA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi No
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Pakistan kills wanted senior rebel commander," Al Jazeera, May 17, 2018.
"Suicide bombers involved in attack on FC Madadgar centre in Quetta identified as Afghan nationals," DAWN Group, May 24, 2018.
"Motorway police officer succumbs to injuries in suicide attack in Quetta," Daily Times (PK), May 18, 2018.