Incident Summary:

07/21/2019: A suicide bomber detonated at the emergency room of a hospital in Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. In addition to the assailant, at least seven people, including police officers and civilians, were killed and 30 others, including police officers, were injured in the blast. This was one of two coordinated attacks in Dera Ismail Khan district on the same day. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attacks were carried out in retaliation for the death of a group member in Dera Ismail Khan on June 23, 2019.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Dera Ismail Khan

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Hospital
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Pakistani Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A seven-kilogram explosives-laden vest containing nails and ball bearings as shrapnel was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 Claimed Responsibility
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 30 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 30
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Taliban Attack Security Checkpoint and Hospital in Pakistan," New York Times, July 21, 2019.
"Pakistan hospital hit by suicide bomber, 9 killed," Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA), July 22, 2019.
"At least 10 killed in twin attacks in Pakistan," EFE, July 21, 2019.