Incident Summary:

05/31/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden sewage tanker near Zanbaq Square in Wazir Akbar Khan, Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, at least 92 people were killed and an additional 491 people, including 11 United States citizens, were injured in the blast. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident, though sources doubted the veracity of this claim. Sources also attributed the attack to the Haqqani Network, which denied involvement.

GTD ID:
201705310001

When:
2017-05-31

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Kabul

City:
Kabul

Location Details:
The incident occurred near Zanbaq Square in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United States Department of State
Specific Description Contractors
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Government of Afghanistan
Specific Description Diplomatic Quarter
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden sewage truck containing 1,500 kilograms of military grade explosives 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 The victims included Mohammad Nazir, as well as a German national. 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 (suspected) No
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 93 Fatalities / 491 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 93
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 491
Number of U.S. Injured 11
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"More than 10,000 Afghan civilians killed or wounded last year, U.N. says," Reuters, February 15, 2018."
"Death toll from Kabul suicide bombing rises to at least 150," CNN, June 6, 2017."
"Afghan Terror Chief Haqqani Denies Role in Bloody Kabul Attacks," VOA News, June 11, 2017."