Incident Summary:

04/19/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle targeting a National Directorate for Security (NDS) building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Assailants then opened fire on civilians, security members, and government employees following the blast. In addition to the deaths of three assailants, at least 68 people were killed and 347 people were injured in the assault. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. However, sources also attributed the incident to the Haqqani Network.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Puli Mehmood Khan neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity National Directorate of Security (NDS)
Specific Description Building
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
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden lorry truck containing hundreds of kilograms of explosive material and firearms were 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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Haqqani Network No
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 71 Fatalities / 347 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 71
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 347
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghanistan Analysts Network Writes on Kabul 'Deadly' Truck-Bomb Suicide Attack Killing 64 People," Pajhwok Afghan News, April 21, 2016.
"Death toll in Kabul bombing rises to 64; Ghani calls the attack 'inhuman'," Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2016.
"Taliban attack in Kabul kills 28, injures at least 200," UPI, April 19, 2016.