Incident Summary:

12/30/2010: On Thursday morning around 1000, in the Girishk district of Helmand, Afghanistan, fourteen civilians were killed, four were wounded and one vehicle was damaged when their minibus struck an improvised explosive device planted by suspected Taliban militants. No damage was reported and no group claimed responsibility.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place on a road in the Girishk district of Helmand, Afghanistan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians were targeted.
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity
Specific Description A civilian minibus
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 Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was 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
Additional Information It is unknown if civilians were the target of this attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 14 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Jane's Intelligence, "IED Kills 14 Civilians in Afghanistan's Helmand," Terrorism Watch Report, BBC, December 30, 2010.
Michael Kamber & Taimoor Shah, "Roadside Bomb Kills 14 on Afghan Minibus," New York Times, December 30, 2010,
Fang Yang, "Sixteen People Killed and Injured in Roadside Bomb in S. Afghanistan," Xinhua News Agency, December 30, 2010,