Incident Summary:

01/12/2011: On Wednesday morning at around 0800, in Kabul City, Kabul Province, Afghanistan, a militant driving an explosive-laden motorbike, rammed it into a National Directorate for Security (NDS) bus, killing two, including an NDS employee and injuring 27 others, including at least six NDS employees. The specific motive for the attack is unknown; however, the attack took place just a day after the visit of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to Afghanistan and his meeting with President Hamid Karzai wherein he reassured Washington's long-term commitment to the militancy-plagued nation. The attack caused an unknown amount of property damage and the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

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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: Transportation
Name of Entity National Directorate for Security
Specific Description A National Directorate for Security (NDS) bus
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 suicide bomber driving a motorcycle 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 most recent available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from two to eight, so the majority casualty figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database. The available sources listed the injuries for this attack from 27 to 32 to 27, 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 3 Fatalities / 27 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 27
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Abdul Haleem, Yan Liang and Wang Guanqun, "Taliban Strike on Security Organ Kills Three, Wounds 32 in Kabul,” Xinhua News Agency, January 12, 2011,
New York Times, "Suicide Bomber Strikes Bus in Afghan Capital," New York Times, January 12, 2011,
Jane’s Intelligence, “Suicide Attack Kills Eight Afghan Security Force Personnel in Kabul,” Terrorism Watch Report, Al-Jazeera, January 12, 2011.