Incident Summary:

12/31/2017: An explosives-laden motorcycle detonated targeting a funeral for a former governor in Jalalabad, Nangarhar, Afghanistan. At least 18 people were killed and 14 others were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected that the Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State may have been behind the attack.

GTD ID:
201712310006

When:
2017-12-31

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Nangarhar

City:
Jalalabad

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Funeral Procession of Former District Governor
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A remote-controlled explosives-laden motorcycle was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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 (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 18 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Bombing Kills At Least 17 At Funeral In Eastern Afghan City," Radio Free Europe, December 31, 2017."
"Death toll from funeral blast in eastern Afghanistan rises to 18," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, January 1, 2018."
"The Latest: Toll from Afghan funeral bombing rises to 17; The Latest: Toll from Afghan funeral bombing rises to 17," The Canadian Press, December 31, 2017."