Incident Summary:

07/22/2018: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vest targeting Ikramullah Khan Gandapur, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate, in Kulachi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. In addition to the suicide bomber, at least three people, including Gandapur and his driver, were killed and four others were injured in the blast. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI)
Specific Description Convoy of Candidate: Ikramullah Khan Gandapur
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
An explosives-laden vest with ball bearings and eight kilograms of explosive material 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 The victims included police constables Abdur Raziq and Dil Nawas and civilians Najeeb Shah and Saifur Rehman. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Taliban Special Group (TSG) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Pakistan: Policeman Injured in Dera Ismail Khan Blast Dies in Hospital," Dawn Online, July 24, 2018.
"Death toll in Dera Ismail Khan blast reaches three," Daily Pakistan Today, July 24, 2018.
"1st LD Writethru: 5 injured in suicide attack at political rally in NW Pakistan," Xinhua General News Service, July 22, 2018.