Incident Summary:

04/03/2013: Nine assailants dressed as soldiers attacked a courthouse complex where several Taliban members were standing trial in Farah city, Farah province, Afghanistan. At least one suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the entrance to the complex, while the remaining assailants entered the various buildings and began firing and throwing grenades. At least 53 people were killed in the attack and approximately 95 others were injured; the casualties included civilians and security personnel. All of the assailants died in the return fire. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Farah Appellate Court
Specific Description Court Building
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 Vehicle
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosive-laden vehicle carrying two or three suicide bombers, at least 60 hand grenades, and firearms 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 9
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 53 Fatalities / 95 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 53
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 9
Total Number of Injured 95
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"AFP: Taliban's Room-To-Room Afghan Court Massacre: Officials," AFP (World Service), April 4, 2013."
"Militants assail Afghan government buildings," CNN, April 3, 2013."
"Insurgent attack in Afghan west kills 44 people," Reuters, April 3, 2013."