Incident Summary:

12/18/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a police checkpoint in Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, two people were killed and 31 people were injured in the blast. The casualties included police officers and civilians. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Lashkar Gah

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP)
Specific Description Police Checkpoint
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 Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban 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 3 Fatalities / 31 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 31
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"2 killed, 31 wounded in suicide car bombing in Lashkargah city," Khaama Press, December 19, 2017."
"1st LD Writethru: 3 killed, 31 injured in S. Afghan car bombing," Xinhua General News Service, December 18, 2017."
"2 dead, 31 injured in Lashkargah car bombing," Pajhwok Afghan News, December 19, 2017."