Incident Summary:

11/23/2014: A suicide bomber detonated at a volleyball tournament in Yahya Khel district, Paktika province, Afghanistan. In addition to the bomber, at least 57 people were killed and 66 others were injured in the blast. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack; however, authorities attributed the incident to the Haqqani Network.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Yahya Khel district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Volleyball Tournament
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Explosives concealed under clothing were 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
Haqqani Network No
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 58 Fatalities / 66 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 58
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 66
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suicide bomber kills at least 45 Afghans," The Associated Press, November 23, 2014."
"Bomber targeted police commander in Afghan volleyball game attack," Reuters, November 24, 2014."
"Haqqani network behind Afghan match slaughter, toll rises to 57," Oman Tribune, November 25, 2014."