Incident Summary:

02/17/2008: A suicide bomber detonated an explosive at a dog fight in the Bagh-e Pol area of Kandahar, which killed approximately 100 people and injured approximately 100 people; the casualties included both men and children. Several police vans were damaged and at least one dog was killed. Authorities are fairly certain that the target of this attack was Abdul Hakim Jan, an anti-Taliban militia leader, who attended the match. Although it was initially suspected that the Taliban carried out this attack, which they adamantly denied, a Taliban splinter group named Jaysh al-Muslimin (Army of the Muslims), led by Mullah Sayed Mohammad, claimed responsibility and seven members of said group were arrested in connection with this attack along with two other suicide attacks in Kandahar.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Civilian men and children gathered to watch the dogfight
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Dogfight
Specific Description Abdul Hakim Jan, an anti-Taliban militia leader
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)
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 7
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 101 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 101
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Nasrat Shoaib, “Afghan suicide blast kills 80: governor,” Agence France Presse, February 17, 2008.
Allauddin Khan and Noor Khan, “Death toll rises 100 in Afghanistan's worst suicide attack since fall of Taliban," The Associated Press, February 18, 2008.
“Gang suspected of Kandahar suicide explosions arrested,” Pajhwok Afghan News, February 21, 2008.