Incident Summary:

12/29/2019: Assailants threw explosive devices targeting a church in Shivrampur, West Bengal, India. An unknown number of civilians were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

West Bengal


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the area of Bhagabanpur.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Apostolic Reconciliation Church
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target India
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 Other Explosive Type
Melee Unknown Weapon Type
Sabotage Equipment
Weapon Details
Thrown crude bombs were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 8
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"3 held for vandalising church in West Bengal," The Hindu, December 30, 2019.
"Goons Vandalise Church in Bengal's East Midnapore Dist, Hurl Bombs at Pastor & 'Chant Jai Shri Ram',", December 30, 2019.
"Church vandalised in India's West Bengal," Xinhua News Agency, December 30, 2019.