Incident Summary:

02/06/2006: Security forces stopped a suspected Al-Qaida suicide bomber from assassinating the governor of Balkh Province, Atta Mohammad Noor, in Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan. The man, a Mali national wearing an explosive belt and holding a bomb in a cell phone, was stopped in the garden before entering the building for a scheduled meeting with the governor. He tried to detonate his belt and yelled "Allah Akbar" (God is Great) as security forces subdued him.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Mazari Sharif

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Balkh provincial government
Specific Description Governor of Balkh Province, Atta Mohammad Noor
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A suicide bomb using a mobile phone was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Croma Yaya had scheduled a meeting with the governor to set up a computer school and had tried several times prior to schedule a meeting.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida (suspected) Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
“‘Al-Qaida Bomber Caught, US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan,” Agence France Presse, February 6, 2006.
“Plot to Kill Balkh Governor Foiled,” Pajhwok Afghan News, February 6, 2006.
Amir Shah, “Attempted Al-Qaida Assassination of Afghan Governor Thwarted, Police Say,” Associated Press, February 7, 2006.