Incident Summary:

08/07/2015: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden truck at National Directorate of Security (NDS) office building in Kabul city, Kabul province, Afghanistan. In addition to the suicide bomber, 15 people were killed and 400 others were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Taliban, which 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: Government (General)
Name of Entity National Directorate of Security (NDS)
Specific Description Building
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden truck 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 conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority 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 16 Fatalities / 400 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 16
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 400
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Taliban rejects involvement in Kabul truck bombing, blames foreign forces," Khaama Press, August 14, 2015.
"Pakistan's ISI behind deadly attacks in Kabul, Afghan intelligence," Khaama Press, August 12, 2015.
"3rd explosion rocks Kabul," Xinhua News Agency, August 8, 2015.