Incident Summary:

02/27/2016: A suicide bomber detonated outside of the provincial government headquarters in Asadabad city, Kunar province, Afghanistan. In addition to the suicide bomber, at least 13 people, including anti-Taliban commander Khan Jan, were killed and 40 people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected that the Taliban was involved.

GTD ID:
201602270006

When:
2016-02-27

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Kunar

City:
Asadabad

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the provincial government headquarters.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Kunar
Specific Description Government Compound
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Anti-Taliban Commander: Khan Jan
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)
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 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 12 Fatalities / 40 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 40
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Bombings Kill at Least 26 in Afghanistan," The New York Times, February 28, 2016."
"Two Suicide Bombings Hit Afghanistan," Radio Free Europe, February 27, 2016."
"Eleven civilians killed in Kunar suicide attack," Afghanistan Times, February 27, 2016."