Incident Summary:

10/15/2013: An explosive device detonated inside of a mosque in Pul-e-Alam city, Logar province, Afghanistan. The blast targeted Arsala Jamal, the governor of Logar province. Jamal was killed in the blast, and 15 others were injured. Mahaz Fedai Tahrik Islami Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Puli Alam

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Logar
Specific Description Provincial Governor: Arsala Jamal
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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 Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An unknown explosive hidden inside a microphone was used in the attack.
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mahaz Fedai Tahrik Islami Afghanistan Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 15 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 15
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghan provincial governor assassinated," Al Jazeera, October 15, 2013.
"Public Must Not Be Silent on Taliban's Crimes: Senators," Daily Outlook, October 21, 2013.
"Rift in Afghan Taliban outfit surfaces: Afghan paper," Xinhua News Agency, October 19, 2013.