Incident Summary:

08/23/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle targeting a security convoy at a police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, at least five people were killed and 38 others were injured in the blast; the victims included civilians and security personnel. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Lashkar Gah

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Lashkar Gah district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Afghan National Army (ANA)
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Headquarters
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
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 majority 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 6 Fatalities / 38 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 38
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Taliban Kill 7 in Attack on Afghan Army Convoy," The New York Times, August 24, 2017."
"Taliban bomber kills soldiers, civilians in Helmand," Al Jazeera, August 23, 2017."
"Taliban suicide bomber kills five in Afghanistan," The Messenger, August 24, 2017."