Incident Summary:

02/11/2009: On Wednesday, late morning, in Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan, two Taliban suicide bombers blew themselves up at the Justice Ministry's correctional department. The men were wearing suicide vests. The overall casualties for the attack on the Justice Ministry, the correctional department, and the Education ministry was 28 dead and 57 wounded, including the eight dead Taliban. The damage and motive were not reported. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in Kabul.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity The Kabul Justice Ministry.
Specific Description The Justice Ministry was the target.
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Two suicide improvised explosive devices were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was one of two related attacks (cf. ISVG Event ID 1145644). The available sources listed the fatalities for these attacks cumulatively as 28, and the injuries for these attacks cumulatively as 57, so these figures have been distributed evenly for these cases in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Haqqani Network Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 14 Fatalities / 28 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities Unknown
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 28
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
Associated Press, "Attacks On Afghan Government Buildings Kill 20," Associated Press, February 11, 2009,
The Times Online, "28 Die After Bombers And Gunmen Launch Daring Attack On Afghan Government," (February 11, 2009).
Jane's Intelligence, "Afghan Official States Kabul Attack Masterminded In Pakistan," Terrorism Watch Report, February 12, 2009.