Incident Summary:

09/13/2011: On Tuesday, in Kabul city, Kabul province, Afghanistan, in one of three related attacks, a suicide bomber was fired on and killed by Afghan police during a purported attempt to attack Kabul International Airport. The attack was part of a coordinated series of attacks by suspected Taliban militants around Kabul city that day. Police recovered seven kilograms of explosives from the dead militant. There were no other casualties and no damage was caused. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement later that day, but several Afghan and International Security Assistance Force intelligence officials attributed the attack to the Haqqani Network.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attempted attack took place at Kabul International Airport in Kabul city, Kabul province, Afghanistan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Kabul International Airport
Specific Description Kabul International Airport
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosive suicide vest containing seven kilograms of explosives was 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 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
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