Incident Summary:

03/03/2016: An explosives-laden vehicle detonated at a bazaar in Dawlatabad, Balkh, Afghanistan. At least two people were killed and 24 people were injured in the blast. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Bazaar
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden Zaranj rickshaw was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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 Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Blast in Afghan north inflicts casualties on 15 civilians," Afghan Islamic Press, March 3, 2016."
"Afghanistan: Two Killed, 24 Hurt in Blast at Balkh Bazaar," Pajhwok Afghan News, March 3, 2016."
"Roundup: Fighting kills 10 militants, blast wounds 24 civilians in N. Afghanistan," Xinhua General News Service, March 3, 2016."