Incident Summary:

08/01/2017: Two suicide bombers armed with explosives-laden vests, grenades, and automatic rifles attacked the Jawadia Mosque in Baqer Abad, Herat, Afghanistan. In addition to the two assailants, 32 people were killed and 66 others were injured in the attack. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Baqer Abad neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Jawadia Mosque
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages 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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Automatic rifles, hand grenades, and explosives-laden vests 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
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 34 Fatalities / 66 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 34
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 66
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Daesh claims responsibility for Afghanistan mosque bombing," Egypt Today, August 2, 2017."
"Casualties rise to 32 killed, over 60 wounded in Herat Mosque bombing," Afghanistan Times, August 2, 2017."
"Herat mosque bombing: ISIS claims responsibility, identifies suicide bombers," IBNS, August 3, 2017."