Incident Summary:

07/07/2008: On Monday morning at 8:30, 58 were killed and 141 wounded when a suicide car bomber targeted the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Kabul province, Afghanistan. The suicide bomber detonated 220 pounds of explosives near a row of metal turnstiles outside the embassy gates after being denied access to enter the embassy. Seventeen students and four Indian nationals, in addition to dozens of Afghan men who line up every morning to apply for visas, were killed in the attack. Two diplomatic vehicles and several nearby shops were also damaged or destroyed in the blast. Although authorities held the Taliban responsible for the bombing attack, a spokesman for the Taliban's Zabihullah Mujahed group denied responsibility on 07/08/2008 on Tuesday to Agence France-Presse. No claim of responsibility was made for the incident.

GTD ID:
200807070003

When:
2008-07-07

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Kabul

City:
Kabul

Location Details:
The suicide bombing attack took place outside the gates of the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Kabul province, Afghanistan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Indian Embassy
Specific Description The Indian Embassy in Kabul
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Afghan men seeking Indian work visas were also targeted.
Nationality of Target
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A suicide car bomber carrying 220 pounds of unknown explosives was used in the suicide car 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
Additional Information Although authorities held the Taliban responsible for the bombing attack, a spokesman for the Taliban's Zabihullah Mujahed group denied responsibility on 07/08/2008 to Agence France-Presse.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Haqqani Network No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 58 Fatalities / 141 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 58
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 141
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Press TV, "Scores Killed, Injured in Kabul Blast," July 7, 2008, http://www.presstv.ir/Detail.aspx?id=62837§ionid=351020403."
"MSNBC News, "Kabul Bomber Used 100 Kg Explosives," July 9, 2008, http://news.in.msn.com/international/article.aspx?cp-documentid=1545983."