Incident Summary:

04/11/2016: A suicide bomber detonated targeting a bus carrying military recruits in Surkh Rod, Nangarhar, Afghanistan. In addition to the bomber, 12 recruits were killed and 38 other people, including civilians, were injured in the blast. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201604110006

When:
2016-04-11

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Nangarhar

City:
Surkh Rod district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Afghan National Army (ANA)
Specific Description Bus of Cadets
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
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 Zarang tricycle 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 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: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 38 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 38
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 12 Afghan Army Recruits on Bus," The New York Times, April 12, 2016."
"12 killed, 38 wounded in Afghan suicide bombing," Xinhua News Agency, April 11, 2016."
"Suicide bombing kills dozen of Afghan army recruits," Al Jazeera - English, April 11, 2016."