Incident Summary:

09/29/2017: A suicide bomber detonated targeting a Shia Muslim mosque in Qala-e-Fathullah, Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, five civilians were killed and 20 others were injured in the blast. 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 Qala-e-Fathullah neighborhood in the 10th police district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Shia Mosque
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vest 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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
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 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"IS claims responsibility for suicide bombing near Kabul Shiite mosque," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, September 29, 2017.
"Suicide bomb blast near Kabul mosque blast kills five," Al Jazeera, September 29, 2017.
"Death toll rises to five in Kabul blast," Ani News, September 29, 2017.