Incident Summary:

01/20/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle targeting a bus carrying employees of Kaboora Production, a Tolo News affiliate, on Darulaman road in Kabul city, Kabul province, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, at least seven people were killed and 25 people were injured in the blast. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the group believed Tolo News was an "important tool of warfare of America and the crusaders." Sources also attributed the attack to the Haqqani Network.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred along Darulaman road.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Kaboora Production
Specific Description Bus of Employees
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
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Haqqani Network No
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghanistan: NDS Arrests Eight Members of Haqqani Network for Attack on TOLO TV Media Team in Kabul," Pajhwok Afghan News, January 23, 2016.
"Xinhua: UN Security Council Slams Taliban Attack On Media Workers," Xinhua, January 22, 2016.
"Afghanistan: Seven Kaboora Production Employees Killed In Kabul Blast," TOLOnews Online, January 22, 2016.