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
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.
“Gang suspected of Kandahar suicide explosions arrested,” Pajhwok Afghan News, February 21, 2008.
“Taliban Claims Suicide Attack on Canadian Soldiers in Qandahar, 18 Feb,” Jihadist Websites -- OSC Summary, February 18, 2008.