Incident Summary:

02/28/2009: On Saturday night, in Spin Buldak, Kandahar, Afghanistan, armed assailants fired on and killed a religious cleric of the Ulema Council when he was on his way home from a mosque. No damage or motive were reported. No group claimed responsibility, but the Taliban is suspected of the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Spin Boldak

Location Details:
The attack took place in Spin Boldak.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Ulema Council
Specific Description A religious cleric was the target.
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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
Taliban (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities Unknown
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Agence France Presse, "Civilians Wounded, Guards Killed In Afghan Violence," Agence France Presse, March 1, 2009.
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Religious Scholar Killed in Armed Attack in Spin Buldak, Kandahar, Afghanistan," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, December 08, 2009.