Incident Summary:

02/18/2008: At approximately 2:30 p.m. local time, a suicide car bomber killed 37 civilians in a busy marketplace in an attack that targeted NATO-led Canadian troops in Spin Boldak, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Thirty-eight civilians were injured in this attack along with 3 Canadian soldiers also being injured. Two entities claimed responsibility for this attack: the Taliban and a Taliban splinter group named Jaish-e-Muslimeen led by Mullah Sayed Mohammad. Subsequently, 7 members of the latter were arrested in connection with this attack along with 2 other suicide attacks in Kandahar. More than 100 shops were either destroyed or damaged after the explosion caused a fire. Most of the victims were shopkeepers.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Spin Boldak

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity NATO
Specific Description NATO-led Canadian forces in Afghanistan
Nationality of Target Canada
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Afghani civilians
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
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 Vehicle
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
Jaish al-Muslimin (Army of the Muslims) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
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 39 Fatalities / 41 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 39
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 41
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Nasrat Shoaib, "New Afghan suicide blast kills 37: governor," Agence France Presse, February 18, 2008.
"Taliban Claims Suicide Attack on Canadian Soldiers in Qandahar, 18 Feb," Jihadist Websites -- OSC Summary, February 18, 2008.
"Gang suspected of Kandahar suicide explosions arrested," Pajhwok Afghan News, February 21, 2008.