Incident Summary:

12/17/2013: Assailants detonated an explosives-laden motorbike at a market in Spin Boldak town, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Two Afghan Border Police (ABP) officers were killed and six people were wounded as a result of the blast. Both the Mahaz Fedai Tahrik Islami Afghanistan and the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Spin Boldak

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Border Police (ABP)
Specific Description Patrol
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Wesh Bazaar
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A motorcycle bomb 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mahaz Fedai Tahrik Islami Afghanistan Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghanistan: Motorcycle blast leaves 2 dead, 6 injured in Kandahar," Khaama Press, December 17, 2013.
"Two killed in motorbike bom...," Siasat Daily, December 17, 2013.
"Explosion kills border police, child in Afghan south," BBC Monitoring South Asia - Political Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring, December 17, 2013.