Incident Summary:

02/07/2017: A suicide bomber detonated at the Supreme Court building in Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to the bomber, at least 21 people were killed and 41 people were injured in the blast. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201702070001

When:
2017-02-07

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Kabul

City:
Kabul

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the 10th police district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Kabul
Specific Description Supreme Court Building
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden belt was 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
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 22 Fatalities / 41 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 22
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 41
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Suicide blast strikes near Kabul Supreme Court," Al Jazeera Online, February 7, 2017."
"Singapore: Islamic State claims responsibility for Afghan Supreme Court attack," Channel NewsAsia Online, February 8, 2017."
"Nearly 20 killed in Afghan capital court blast - officials," Afghan Islamic Press Online, February 7, 2017."