Incident Summary:

11/07/2017: A suicide bomber detonated outside of the Shamshad TV station in Kabul, Afghanistan. Assailants then entered the building and opened fire on staff, holding them hostage for two to three hours before security forces stormed the building, rescuing the hostages. At least three assailants, including the suicide bomber, and two security guards were killed, and 20 people were injured in the attack. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that Shamshad TV station was targeted because it broadcasted anti-Islamic views.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the sixteenth police district near Shamshad TV station.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Shamshad TV
Specific Description Television Station
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 Parwiz Safi. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority 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 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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