Incident Summary:

10/17/2017: Suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden vehicles outside a police compound and training center in Gardez, Paktia, Afghanistan. Following the blasts, additional assailants, including suicide bombers, stormed the area. At least 74 people, including 14 assailants, were killed and 236 other people were injured in the blast and ensuing clash; the victims included police officers and civilians waiting to collect national identification documents. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Gardez district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Police Compound
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
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Two explosives-laden police trucks, one explosives-laden Humvee, and firearms 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 The victims included the Provincial Police Chief, Toryalai Abdyani. 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: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 74 Fatalities / 236 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 74
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 14
Total Number of Injured 236
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"4TH LEAD," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 17, 2017."
"Afghanistan- Paktia attacks wreak $800,000 loss on people," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), October 18, 2017."
"2 Attacks By Taliban Kill Dozens Of Officers," The New York Times, October 18, 2017."