Incident Summary:

05/16/2013: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle in Kabul city, Kabul province, Afghanistan. The assailant was targeting a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military convoy. At least 15 people, including two United States (US) soldiers, and four United States (US) civilian contractors, were killed in the blast. In addition, another 40 people were injured. Hizb-I-Islami claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Incident occurred in the Shah Shaheed district of the city

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
Specific Description United States Convoy
Nationality of Target International
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
A suicide driver drove a car filled with explosives into the targeted convoy 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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hizb-I-Islami Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 16 Fatalities / 40 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 16
Number of U.S. Fatalities 6
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 40
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Six killed in Kabul convoy blast," BBC, May 16, 2013.
"Kabul suicide bombing of NATO convoy kills 15," Agence France Presse -- English, May 16, 2013.
"Suicide bomb blast kills Afghan provincial leader, 12 others," Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2013.