Incident Summary:

09/13/2011: On Tuesday afternoon at 1320, in one of three related attacks, in Kabul city, Kabul province, Afghanistan, several Taliban militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47s and suicide vests took up a 12-story uncompleted building on the edge of Abdul Haq Square and began firing on the U.S. embassy, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters, and a compound home to several government office buildings. One policemen and three civilians were killed while 20 civilians were injured. Security forces killed six militants in retaliatory fire. This was the first in a coordinated series of attacks by suspected Haqqani and Taliban militants around Kabul city that day. In total, at least 16 people were killed and over 30 others were injured, including six ISAF personnel, in the linked attacks. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement, but several Afghan and International Security Assistance Force intelligence officials suspected the Haqqani Network to be responsible.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place on the edge of Abdul Haq Square, near the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul city, Kabul province, Afghanistan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United States Embassy
Specific Description The U.S. embassy in Kabul city
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Afghan Government
Specific Description An unknown number of government office buildings were also targeted.
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity International Security Assistance Force
Specific Description The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force headquarters was targeted.
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An unspecified number of rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47s and suicide vests were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities Unknown
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 6
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Press TV, “Kabul Clashes Injure Three US Soldiers," (September 14, 2011).
Matiullah Mati, “Taliban Siege in Central Kabul Ends,” CNN, September 14, 2011,
Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi, “Taliban Attack across Kabul, Target U.S. Embassy,” Reuters, September 13, 2011