Incident Summary:

08/22/2015: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Macrorayan neighborhood, Kabul city, Kabul province, Afghanistan. In addition to the suicide bomber, twelve people, including three United States contractors, were killed and 61 people were wounded in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Taliban, which denied involvement.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Macrorayan neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity DynCorp International
Specific Description Contractors: Corey Dodge, Richard McEvoy, Barry Sutton
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): Operation Resolute Support
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target International
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
A Toyota sedan 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 attack 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 13 Fatalities / 61 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 3
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 61
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Kabul bomb targets foreign contractors, kills mostly Afghans," Reuters, August 22, 2015.
"Suicide Bombing in Kabul Kills Up to 12 and Wounds Scores," New York Times, August 22, 2015.
"DynCorp names three U.S. employees killed in Afghanistan blast," Bayou Buzz, August 24, 2015.