Incident Summary:

12/26/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a police vehicle in Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan. In addition to the bomber, at least one officer was killed and three officers were injured in the blast. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Lashkar Gah

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Darwaz-e-Kandahar neighborhood.

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 Convoy of Deputy Provincial Police Chief
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 Vehicle
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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghan official: 1 police officer killed by car bomb blast," Omaha World-Herald, December 26, 2016."
"1st LD: At least 1 killed in car bombing in S. Afghan province: official," Xinhua General News Service, December 26, 2016."
"Suicide bomber targets police in Helmand province," Afghanistan Times, December 26, 2016."