Incident Summary:

01/18/2010: On Monday morning at 0915, around Pashtunistan Square in Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan, in one of seven linked attacks, at least 20 armed Taliban militants attacked the presidential palace, justice ministry, ministry of mines, presidential administrative building and Serena Hotel for nearly six hours. The gunmen stormed in after an explosion at the gate of the presidential palace, and machinegun fire could be heard, but the damages and specific number of casualties caused was unreported. From all seven attacks, at least twenty people, including seven militants, three civilians and three Afghan security personnel were killed. Seventy-one were injured, including 35 civilians and 36 police or security officers. It is known that at least ten Afghan soldiers and ten policemen were killed. The Taliban claimed responsibility.




South Asia

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Location Details:
The attack took place around Pashtunistan Square in Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Afghanistan Government
Specific Description The presidential palace
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Afghanistan Government
Specific Description The justice ministry was targeted.
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 Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosive device and machine guns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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 seven related attacks (cf. 201001180016, 201001180017, 201001180018, 201001180019, 201001180020 and 201001180021). The specific number of casualties caused by this incident was unreported, but the seven linked attacks caused 20 deaths and 71 injuries.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Haqqani Network (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 20
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Jane’s Intelligence, “Taliban Militants Attack Government Buildings in Afghan Capital,” Terrorism Watch Report, January 18, 2010.
BBC Monitoring Middle East, "Militants Attack Afghan Capital," (January 18, 2010).
Cable News Network, "Militant Attack Kills Five in Heart of Kabul," (January 18, 2010).