Database of terrorist attacks and related events--Johnston's Archive

Karachi, Pakistan--18 October 2007

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 26 November 2017

Date: 18 October 2007

Location: Karachi, Pakistan

Type of event: terrorism


Bombings occurred in a crowd greeting the former prime minister of Pakistan in Karachi, Pakistan. Former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, a target of Islamic militants, was in a motorcade moving slowly through crowds from an airport to the center of Karachi. As the convoy approached a bridge, the streetlights were out. A terrorist threw a grenade near the convoy; after the grenade exploded, he attempted to approach Bhutto's vehicle before detonating 15-20 kg of explosives. This larger explosion occurred a few meters from Bhutto's vehicle, setting a police escort van on fire, and breaking windows in Bhutto's truck. Bhutto was reportedly uninjured, but 50 of her security guards were killed. Two police vehicles were destroyed. Casualties, which included some children, were being treated at six hospitals, with 140 killed (plus the terrorist) and 540 injured as of 20 October.

Consequences: 141 killed, 540 injured


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