Incident Summary:

10/17/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside the district headquarters compound in Andar, Ghazni, Afghanistan. Following the blast, additional assailants stormed the compound. At least 21 people, including the suicide bomber, 15 security forces, and five civilians were killed in the blast and ensuing clash. In addition, 46 people and an unknown number of assailants were injured. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Andar district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Andar
Specific Description Andar District Center
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 Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden Humvee 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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 21 Fatalities / 46 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 21
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 46
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"2 Attacks By Taliban Kill Dozens Of Officers," The New York Times, October 18, 2017."
"4TH LEAD," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 17, 2017."
"5 Taliban Attack Claims 20 In Ghazni As Violence Continues," Tolo News, October 18, 2017."