Incident Summary:

07/15/2014: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a market in Urgun district, Paktika province, Afghanistan. In addition to the suicide bomber, 42 people were killed and 67 others were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Taliban, who denied responsibility.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Market
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
Weapon Details
A 4x4 explosive laden vehicle was 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 (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 43 Fatalities / 67 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 43
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 67
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghan market blast kills dozens," BBC, July 15, 2014."
"Suicide Car Bomb Kills 89 In Afghanistan Market," Sky News, July 15, 2014."
"Afghan Officials Lower Death Toll From July 15 Market Blast," Radio Free Europe, July 16, 2014."