Incident Summary:

03/29/2003: Rockets were fired at the U.S. military base at the airport in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, injuring no one, but causing damage to the runway and nearby facilities of the Afghan Army. In separate pamphlets found in Jalalabad, Saif-ul-Muslimeen and Lashkar-e-Fidayan-e-Islam claimed responsibility for the attack, adding that it was aimed at the Americans.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
Specific Description United States soldiers
Nationality of Target International
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/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Two groups, Saif al-Mujahedeen al-Islam and Lashkar-e-Fidayan-e-Islam, claimed responsibility for the attacks in separate pamphlets found in Jalalabad,.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lashkar-e-Fidayan-e-Islam Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Saif-ul-Muslimeen Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Jalalabad Airport Comes Under Missile Attack,” Radio Afghanistan, March 30, 2003.
“Two Rockets Fired at Jalalabad Airport,” Afghan Islamic Press, March 30, 2003.
Janullah Hashimzada, “Suspected Taliban Fighters Fire Rockets at Afghan Air Base, Military Division,” Associated Press, March 30, 2003.