Incident Summary:

05/08/2019: A suicide bomber detonated explosives targeting a police vehicle outside Data Darbar, a Sufi shrine, in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. In addition to the assailant, at least 13 people were killed and 25 others were injured in the attack. Hizb-ul-Ahrar (HuA) and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the incident, while sources suspected the involvement of the Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Pakistani Police
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Data Ganj Bakhsh Shrine
Specific Description Shrine
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vest filled with seven kilograms of explosive material, ball bearings, and shrapnel 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 Head Constables Muhammad Sohail, Shahid Nazir, and Gulzar Ali, Constable Muhammad Saleem, private security guards Rafaqat Ali and Muhammad Rafique and a passerby Nawaz Hassan. 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
Hizb-ul-Ahrar (HuA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State (suspected) No
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Data Darbar bomber identified as Afghan national," The Nation Pakistan, May 21, 2019.
"Pakistan: Death toll rises to 13 in Lahore Sufi shrine suicide attack," Indian Express, May 13, 2019.
"Death toll of Data Darbar blast rises to 12," The Express Tribune, May 10, 2019.