Incident Summary:

08/16/2017: An explosive device detonated targeting joint US and Afghan security forces attempting to clear a building in Achin, Nangarhar, Afghanistan. At least one US soldier was killed and 20 people, including 11 US soldiers and nine Afghan soldiers, were injured in the blast. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201708160009

When:
2017-08-16

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Nangarhar

City:
Achin district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity National Guard of the United States
Specific Description Joint Convoy
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Afghan National Security Force (ANSF)
Specific Description Joint Convoy
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information The victims include Army Staff Sgt. Aaron Rhett Butler.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State 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 1 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 11
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Utah soldier killed in battle with IS in Afghanistan," Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), August 17, 2017."
"DOD IDENTIFIES U.S. CASUALTY FROM NANGARHAR PROVINCE," States News Service, August 18, 2017."
"1 US soldier killed and 11 wounded battling ISIS in Afghanistan," Sott.net, August 18, 2017."