Incident Summary:

12/24/2016: An explosive detonated near a police vehicle in Wicha Kholai, Zabul, Afghanistan. At least four people were killed and another was injured in the blast. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Wicha Kholai

Location Details:
The incident occurred near Qalat.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Vehicle
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 Land Mine
Weapon Details
A roadside landmine 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghan Security Forces ‘Kill 30 Militants’ In Raids," Radio Free Europe, December 24, 2016."
"1st LD Writethru: 7 police killed in attacks in Afghanistan," Xinhua General News Service, December 24, 2016."
"Taliban say 10 soldiers killed in western Afghanistan," Taliban Voice of Jihad Online, December 25, 2016."