Incident Summary:

04/17/2008: On Thursday evening, a suicide bomber killed 24 civilians and wounded more than 30 at the central mosque in Zaranj, Nimruz province, Afghanistan, as people prepared for evening prayers. Police suspected that there may have been more than one bomber. No claim of responsibility was made for the incident.

GTD ID:
200804170018

When:
2008-04-17

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Nimroz

City:
Zaranj

Location Details:
The suicide bombing attack took place at the central mosque in Zaranj, Nimruz province, Afghanistan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity
Specific Description The central mosque in Zaranj
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An IED carried by a suicide bomber was used in the bombing 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 25 Fatalities / 30 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 25
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 30
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Guardian, "Suicide Bomber Hits Afghan Mosque," Guardian, April 18, 2008."
"Rahim Faiez, "Suicide Bomb Kills 24 in Southwestern Afghanistan," Associated Press Worldstream, April 18, 2008."