Incident Summary:

12/6/2011: A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest outside of the Abul Fazi shrine in Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan. The attack occurred during the Shiite holiday, Ashoura. At least 55 were killed and at least 134 were wounded. The Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attack, but their actual involvement is unknown. No material damage was reported.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Outside of the Abul Fazi shrine

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Shiite Shrine
Specific Description Abul Fazi Shrine
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
Suicide bomber wore a suicide vest.
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 number of reported wounded ranges from 134-150.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 56 Fatalities / 134 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 56
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 134
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Viola Gienger and Eltaf Najafizada, "Karzai Skips U.S. Trip as Blasts Spur Fear of Sectarian Violence," Bloomburg, December 7, 2011.
Jon Bonne and Saeed Shah, "Kabul suicide bomb kills at least 55," Irish Times, December 7, 2011.
Ali Safi, "Dozens killed in Kabul suicide attack," Seattle Times, December 8, 2011.