Incident Summary:

10/20/2017: A suicide bomber detonated targeting a local anti-Taliban commander in a Sunni mosque in Du Layna, Ghor, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, at least 33 people were killed and 10 people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Du Layna district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Anti-Taliban Commander: Abdul Ahed
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 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 34 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 34
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Taliban attacks on Afghan military increase," The Financial Daily, October 26, 2017."
"update At Least 50 Dead After Two Attacks On Mosques In Afghanistan," Radio Free Europe, October 20, 2017."