Incident Summary:

10/08/2009: On Thursday morning at about 0830, in Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan, a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle-borne improvised explosive device near the outer wall of the Indian Embassy, killing 12 police officers and civilians, injuring at least 83 police officers and civilians, and damaging the embassy, many vehicles, many residences, and many shops. The Indian embassy was located near Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior, which was also damaged. The Taliban claimed responsibility.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in Kabul, Kabul, 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 was targeted in the attack.
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
A vehicle-borne 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 from 13 to 17, and because no majority figures were reported, the lowest proferred casualty figures were used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 83 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 83
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
National Counterterrorism Center, "Seventeen Police Officers and Civilians Killed, Eighty Three Police Officers and Civilians Injured in Suicide Attack by Taliban in Kabul, Kabol, Afghanistan," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, April 07, 2010.
Agence France Presse, "Twelve Dead as Blast Targets Kabul's Indian Embassy," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, October 08, 2009.
The Times, "Suicide Car Bomber Kills 17 in Heart of Afghan Capital," LexisNexis Academic, The Times, October 9, 2009.