Incident Summary:

10/31/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vest targeting a diplomatic quarter in Wazir Akbar Khan, Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, nine people were killed and 21 people were injured in the blast. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for an alleged American airstrike on a religious school in Nangarhar province.

GTD ID:
201710310016

When:
2017-10-31

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Kabul

City:
Kabul

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in the tenth police district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Afghan Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG)
Specific Description Employees
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Afghan Central Statistics Organization (CSO)
Specific Description Employees
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Takhar
Specific Description Deputy Governor
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
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 The apparent target of the attack was the British and Canadian embassies. 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: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 21 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 21
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Death toll from Kabul suicide attack rises to seven," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, November 1, 2017."
"Digest," The Washington Post, November 1, 2017."
"ISIS claims responsibility for blast in Afghan capital Kabul's diplomatic zone," Straits Times, October 31, 2017."