Incident Summary:

10/20/2017: A suicide bomber detonated inside of the Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, at least 56 people were killed and 55 people were injured in the blast. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

GTD ID:
201710200010

When:
2017-10-20

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Kabul

City:
Kabul

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the 6th police district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Imam Zaman Mosque
Specific Description Mosque
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 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 most recent 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 57 Fatalities / 55 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 57
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 55
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Afghanistan- Taliban Kill 13 Police Officers in Kunduz Raid," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), October 29, 2017."
"Taliban attacks on Afghan military increase," The Financial Daily, October 26, 2017."
"At least 72 killed in bombings on two Afghan mosques," TRT World, October 21, 2017."