Incident Summary:

03/08/2017: Assailants, including suicide bombers, attacked patients and medical staff at the Sardar Dawood Khan military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. At least 54 people, including four assailants, were killed and 50 people were injured in the assault. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident, though sources doubted the veracity of this claim. Additional sources attributed the attack to both the Haqqani Network and the Taliban. The Taliban, however, denied responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



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

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Afghan National Security Force (ANSF)
Specific Description Sardar Dawood Khan Military Hospital
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Grenades, AK-47 assault rifles, and knives were 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
Haqqani Network No
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Taliban (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 54 Fatalities / 50 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 54
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 50
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghanistan: Lower House To Summon Security Officials on 27 March," Pajhwok Afghan News Online, March 15, 2017.
"Insiders aided Kabul hospital attack, survivors reveal," The Nation Pakistan, March 12, 2017.
"ISIS claims Kabul hospital attack after Taleban denies involvement," Straits Times, March 10, 2017.