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."
"Taliban say 10 soldiers killed in western Afghanistan," Taliban Voice of Jihad Online, December 25, 2016."
"1st LD Writethru: 7 police killed in attacks in Afghanistan," Xinhua General News Service, December 24, 2016."