Incident Summary:

02/19/2011: On Saturday, in Jalalabad, Nangarhar, Afghanistan, seven suicide bombers detonated their improvised explosive vests in the Kabul Bank as several other militants opened fire on the bank. At least 40 people were killed, including 21 police officers, seven Afghan National Army soldiers and 12 civilians, 73 others were wounded and the bank sustained an unknown amount of property damage. One suicide bomber whose vest failed to detonate was arrested by police. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place at Kabul Bank in Jalalabad, Nangarhar, Afghanistan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Kabul Bank
Specific Description The Kabul Bank was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Afghan Military
Specific Description Afghan soldiers were targeted.
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Jalalabad Law Enforcement
Specific Description Afghan police officers were targeted.
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Seven suicide improvised explosive vests 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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 7
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 46 Fatalities / 73 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 46
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 6
Total Number of Injured 73
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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