Incident Summary:

09/04/2013: Assailants broke into the residence of Sushmita Banerjee and opened fire on her in Sharan city, Paktika province, Afghanistan. Banerjee, a famous author who was kidnapped by the Taliban in 1995 and escaped, was killed in the attack. The Haqqani Network claimed responsibility and stated that the victim was targeted because of her disrespectful depiction of the Taliban in her book, which was also made into a film. Additionally, Mahaz Fedai Tahrik Islami Afghanistan claimed responsibility and stated that she was targeted because the group believed she was a spy for India.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Author: Sushmita Banerjee
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
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: Personal claim)
Mahaz Fedai Tahrik Islami Afghanistan Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
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 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"AFP: Taliban Deny Involvement In Indian Author's Killing," AFP (World Service), September 6, 2013.
"Now, breakaway Taliban groups claims killing Indian author," The Times of India, September 15, 2013.
"Afghan Officials Say Militants From Pakistan-Backed Haqqani Network Killed Indian Author," The Telegraph Online, September 11, 2013.