Incident Summary:

12/31/2018: An explosive device detonated prematurely as assailants were planting it in Khar Tangi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Three assailants were killed in the blast. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Khar Tangi

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the North Waziristan district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Unknown
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Unknown
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Intra/Inter-group Conflict
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the explosive device may have been planted by a rival group intending to target a commander of the Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Pakistan- Three militants killed in bomb blast North Waziristan," MENA English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), December 31, 2018.