Incident Summary:

02/11/2017: Assailants detonated an explosive device targeting the Ministry of Defense building in Kabul, Afghanistan. There were no reported casualties in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Ministry of Defense compound, in the 2nd police district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Afghan Ministry of Defense
Specific Description Building
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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 Sticky Bomb
Weapon Details
A magnetic mine 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. A source suspected that the blast may have been caused by a gas cylinder that exploded inadvertently.
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 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghanistan: Explosion in defence ministry office compound, no casualty reported," IBNS, February 11, 2017.
"Magnetic mine goes off in front of Afghan defence ministry - agency," Afghan Islamic Press Online, February 11, 2017.
"Afghan Defense Ministry Spokesperson Says Gas Cylinder Causes Explosion," Pajhwok Afghan News Online, February 11, 2017.