Terrorist incidents in Pakistan in 2002

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In 2002, 14 terrorist, insurgent and sectarian-related incidents were reported that killed 60 people and injured 150.

February 2002

  • 22 February — The American journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered in Karachi.[1]
  • 26 February — At least 11 Shi'a worshipers were killed by indiscriminate firing by a group of masked gunmen at the Shah-i-Najaf Mosque in Rawalpindi.[2]

March – May 2002

  • 17 March — A grenade attack on a Protestant church in the heavily guarded diplomatic enclave in Islamabad killed five persons, including a US diplomat's wife and daughter, and left more than 40 others injured.[3]
  • 7 May — Noted religious scholar Prof Dr Ghulam Murtaza Malik, his driver and a policeman were shot dead by two gunmen in Iqbal Town, Lahore.[4]
  • 8 MayBus bombing in Karachi kills 11 Frenchmen and 3 Pakistanis near the Sheraton hotel.[5]

June – August 2002

  • 14 June — A powerful car bomb exploded near the heavily guarded US Consulate in Karachi, killing 12 people and wounding over 50 others. A portion of the outer wall of the consulate was blown apart.[6]
  • 13 July — Nine foreign tourists and three Pakistani nationals were injured in an attack near an archaeological site in the district of Mansehra.[7]
  • 5 August — At least six people were killed and four injured in a gun attack on a missionary school for foreign students in mountain resort of Murree. The attack was carried by four gunmen, when they started firing indiscriminately, however no pupils were among those killed, all of whom were Pakistani guards and employees at the school.[8]
  • 9 August — Three nurses—and an attacker—were killed while 25 others injured in a terrorist attack on a church in the Taxila Christian Hospital, in Taxila, northern Punjab.[9]

September – December 2002

  • 25 September — Gunmen stormed the offices of a Christian welfare organisation in Karachi, tied seven office workers to their chairs before shooting each in the head at close range.[10]
  • 16 October — More than eight people were injured in a series of parcel bomb explosions in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi.[11]
  • 15 November — An explosion on a bus in Hyderabad, Sindh killed two people and injured at least nine others.[12]
  • 5 December — Three people were killed in an attack at the Macedonian Honorary consulate in the city of Karachi. The dead – all Pakistani – were tied up, gagged and killed before the explosion at the office.[13]
  • 25 December — Unidentified assailants threw a grenade at a Presbyterian church in Pakistan's central Punjab province, killing three young girls. At least 12 others were injured in the attack at Daska, near Sialkot.[14]


  1. ^ "Khalid Sheikh Muhammad: I beheaded Daniel Pearl" CNN, 15 March 2007
  2. ^ "Death toll in mosque attack rises to 11" Dawn, 28 February 2002
  3. ^ "Hunt for Pakistan church bombers" CNN, 18 March 2002
  4. ^ "Dr Murtaza Malik, cop and driver shot dead" Dawn, 8 May 2002
  5. ^ Suspect arrested in attack that killed 11 Frenchmen USA Today
  6. ^ Pakistan searches for blast leads BBC News
  7. ^ "Tourists injured in Pakistan blast" BBC News, 13 July 2002
  8. ^ Gunmen attack Pakistan school BBC News, 5 August 2002
  9. ^ Mohammad Asghar. "Three nurses killed in Taxila chapel attack" Dawn, 10 August 2002
  10. ^ "Gunmen kill seven christian charity workers" The Independent, 25 September 2002
  11. ^ "Several injured in Karachi blasts" BBC News, 16 October 2002
  12. ^ "Bus explosion in Pakistan kills two" CBC Canada, 15 November 2002
  13. ^ "Karachi consulate attack kills three" BBC News, 5 December 2002
  14. ^ "Pakistan arrests after church attack" BBC News, 26 December 2002
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