Incident Summary:

06/22/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside the New Kabul Bank as security forces and civilians attempted to collect their salaries in Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, at least 34 people were killed and 58 people were injured in the blast; the victims included soldiers, police officers, and civilians. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Lashkar Gah

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity New Kabul Bank
Specific Description Bank
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Afghan National Security Force (ANSF)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Employees
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
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
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 35 Fatalities / 58 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 35
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 58
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Car Bombing Kills, Wounds Scores in Afghanistan," VOA News, June 22, 2017."
"Car bomb at Afghanistan bank kills at least 29," UPI, June 22, 2017."
"The Latest: Taliban claims deadly Helmand explosion," AP The Associated Press (Embargoed Data), June 22, 2017."