Incident Summary:

02/13/2019: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle targeting a bus transporting Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) between Khash and Zahedan, Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran. In addition to the assailant, at least 27 IRGC members were killed and 13 others were injured in the blast. Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Sistan and Baluchestan

Zahedan district

Location Details:
The incident occurred between Khash and Zahedan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC)
Specific Description Bus
Nationality of Target Iran
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 Vehicle
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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jaish al-Adl Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 28 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 28
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Iran suicide bombing 'kills 20 Revolutionary Guards'," BBC, February 13, 2019.
"Iran says response will not be 'limited to its borders' after attack kills 27 soldiers," Pakistan Today, February 14, 2019.
"Suicide bombing kills 27 Revolutionary Guards, wounds 13 others in SE Iran," MENA English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), February 14, 2019.