Incident Summary:

9/5/2002: A busy market was bombed in Kabul, Kabul Province, Afghanistan. A smaller explosion drew curious crowds to the area; the smaller blast was followed by a powerful explosion from a device hidden inside of a taxi. At least ten people were killed and at least another 65 were wounded. Vehicles were destroyed and stores were damaged. The taxi was parked outside of a store selling televisions, a forbidden item under Taliban rule. Authorities believe that Al-Qa ida is responsible for the explosion. Former Prime Minister Hekmatyar had just called for jihad that week.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
A busy market near the Ministry of Information in Kabul

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Afghan businesses
Specific Description Stores in a busy marketplace in Kabul
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of a marketplace in Kabul
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
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 Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A smaller explosion that drew crowds followed by a very powerful blast from a device hidden in a taxi
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
Additional Information Fatality counts vary, depending on the source. Fatality counts are as low as 10 and as high as 26.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 65 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 65
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Todd Pitman, "Large explosion rocks busy market area of Afghan capital; police say 10 killed," Associated Press Newswires, September 5, 2002.