Incident Summary:

10/11/2016: An assailant opened fire at the Karte Sakhi shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan. At least 15 people, including the assailant, were killed and 36 others were injured in the attack. This was one of two attacks on religious institutions in Kabul on this date. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident, identifying the assailant as Ali Jan.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Karte Sakhi shrine area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Karte Sakhi Shrine
Specific Description Shrine
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Grenades, machine guns, an AK-47 assault rifle, and a pistol were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 15 Fatalities / 36 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 15
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 36
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Gunman kills 14 at Shiite shrine in Kabul," CNN, October 11, 2016.
"Gunmen target Shia worshipers marking Ashoura in Kabul," Al Jazeera, October 11, 2016.
"ISKP Foments Sectarianism," Daily Outlook, October 22, 2016.