Incident Summary:

12/25/2011: A suicide bomber detonated a vest full of explosives at a funeral in Takhar, Taloqan, Afghanistan. Nineteen people were killed in the attack, including a member of parliament, Abdul Mutaleb Baik. An additional 40 people were wounded in the attack. It is suspected that the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) is responsible, although no claim of responsibility for the attack was reported.

GTD ID:
201112250001

When:
2011-12-25

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Takhar

City:
Taloqan

Location Details:
No additional information given

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Parliament representative
Specific Description Abdul Mutaleb Baik
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians attending a funeral
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Vest packed with explosives
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 There are conflicting reports regarding if Abdul Mutaleb Baik was the primary target or simply another victim.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 20 Fatalities / 40 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 20
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 40
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Deadly suicide attack on Afghanistan funeral in Takhar," BBC, December 25, 2011.
"Afghan MP targeted in funeral bombing," Agence France Presse, December 26, 2011.
"Official: Bombing kills 19 in Afghanistan," Associated Press, December 25, 2011.