Incident Summary:

12/28/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest and at least two other explosive devices in a building that houses both the Tebyan cultural center and the Afghan Voice Agency in Pule Sokhtia, Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition the assailant, 50 people were killed and at least 81 others were injured in the attack. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Pule Sokhtia area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Afghan Voice Agency
Specific Description Building
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Tebyan Cultural Center
Specific Description Shiite Cultural Center
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Sticky Bomb
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Two magnetic explosive devices and an explosives-laden vest were 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 51 Fatalities / 81 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 51
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 81
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Kabul bombing: Death toll rises to 50," Anadolu Agency (AA), December 30, 2017.
"Dozens dead, wounded in 3 blasts in Afghan capital, authorities say," CBS News, December 28, 2017.
"Over 41 killed in Kabul suicide attack: local media," Frontier Post, December 28, 2017.