Incident Summary:

02/26/2010: On Friday morning at 0630, in Shahr-e Naw, Kabul, Afghanistan several suicide bombers and armed militants targeted a shopping area and guest homes where foreigners frequently stay. One bomber exploded in front of a kebab shop near the Safi Landmark, and the other outside the guest homes. Two other suicide bombers were shot dead by officials. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. A supplemental source has indicated that an Afghan intelligence official has blamed the Lashkar-e-Taliban for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in the Shahr-e Naw neighborhood of Kabul.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description A civilian shopping market was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description A foreign guest home was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
An explosive-laden vehicle, suicide explosive vests, grenades, and Kalashnikov-variant rifles were 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Haqqani Network (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 21 Fatalities / 32 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 21
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 32
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Washington Post, "Suicide Bombers Attack Central Kabul, Killing at Least Sixteen," (February 26, 2010.)
CNN, "Deadly Explosions Rattle Kabul," (February 26, 2010.)
BBC Worldwide Monitoring, "Afghanistan Capital Kabul Hit by Suicide Attack," BBC Worldwide Monitoring, February 26, 2010,