Incident Summary:

12/28/2008: On Sunday, a suicide car bomber targeting a meeting of tribal elders detonated the vehicle killing 14 children, two Afghan security guards, and wounded 58 others in an unknown area of Khost, Afghanistan. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

GTD ID:
200812280003

When:
2008-12-28

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Khost

City:

Location Details:
A suicide car bomber targeting a meeting of tribal elders detonated the vehicle killing 14 children, two Afghan security guards, and wounded 58 others in an unknown area of Khost, Afghanistan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description A meeting of tribal elders was the intended target.
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Fourteen children were killed and 58 wounded.
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was used in the 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 The available sources listed the fatalities for this attack as 16, and the injuries for this attack from 40 to 58, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Haqqani Network (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 17 Fatalities / 58 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 17
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 58
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Afghan News, "Afghan Bomb Kills Five, Wound 40," http://www.afghannews.net/index.php?action=show&type=news&id=3172 (December 29, 2008)."
"Janes Intelligence, "Suicide Car Bomb Attack Kills 14 Afghan Children," Terrorism Watch Report, December 29, 2008."
"New York Times, "Bomb Kills 16 Afghans; 13 are Children," LexisNexis Academic, New York Times, December 29, 2008."