Incident Summary:

07/13/2018: A suicide bomber detonated at an election rally for Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate Nawabzada Siraj Raisani in Darengarh, Balochistan, Pakistan. In addition to the assailant, at least 150 people, including Raisani, were killed and 300 other people were injured in the blast. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State and the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) both claimed responsibility for the incident. Authorities later identified the assailant as Hafeez Nawaz.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Balochistan Awami Party (BAP)
Specific Description Election Rally of Candidate: Nawabzada Siraj Raisani
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A 16- to 20-kilogram explosives-laden vest 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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Ghazi Abdul Rasheed Group Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 150 Fatalities / 300 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 150
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 300
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Pakistan: Author Calls For Constituting Truth Commission To Probe Acts of Terrorism in Balochistan," The News Online, July 23, 2018.
"Mastung suicide bomber identified as Hafeez Nawaz from Abbottabad," The Express Tribune, July 19, 2018.
"Death Toll in Pakistan Suicide Attack Rises to 149," Islam Times, July 17, 2018.