Incident Summary:

11/10/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle and assailants opened fire at the German Consulate in Mazari Sharif, Balkh, Afghanistan. In addition to the bomber, four people were killed and 128 others were injured in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for military operations in Kunduz.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Mazari Sharif

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity German Federal Foreign Office
Specific Description Consulate
Nationality of Target Germany
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 Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vehicle 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 conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent 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 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 128 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 128
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"4 dead, 115 hurt in suicide car bombing on German consulate in Balkh," Pajhwok Afghan News English, November 11, 2016."
"Afghanistan: One of German consulate attackers arrested by Afghan forces," Khaama Press Online, November 14, 2016."
"Afghanistan: Death toll rises in suicide attack on German consulate," International Business Times UK, November 11, 2016."