Incident Summary:

11/06/2007: A suicide bomber attacked a gathering of Afghan lawmakers and school children at the opening of a sugar factory in Baghlan, Afghanistan. Sixty-four people were killed and 95 were wounded, making this the deadliest suicide attack since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. The group that perpetrated the attack was not named, but officials did arrest two in connection with the bombing.

GTD ID:
200711060002

When:
2007-11-06

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Baghlan

City:
Baghlan

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity The Parliament of Afghanistan
Specific Description Lawmakers who gathered to visit the sugar factory.
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Baghlan Sugar Factory
Specific Description Those gathered outside the factory for its opening.
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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 There were conflicting reports on this case as to whether the attack involved two bombs or one suicide bomber. The majority of reports claimed that one suicide bomber carried out the attack. Of those that died, five were Afghan lawmakers, and a significant number of the dead or wounded were children who had gathered to greet the lawmakers.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 64 Fatalities / 95 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 64
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 95
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Sources
"Probe finds 64 killed in Afghan suicide blast," Agence France Presse, November 9, 2007."
"Bombing targets lawmakers at northern Afghan factory; 28 killed," The Associated Press, November 6, 2007."
"2 arrested in link with deadly Afghan suicide attack," Xinhua General News Service, November 8, 2007."