Incident Summary:

01/04/2018: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vest targeting a gathering of protesters and police officers in the 9th police district of Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, 20 people were killed and 27 others were injured in the blast. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident; however, citizens doubted the veracity of the claim.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the 9th police district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Protesters
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives 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 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) 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 21 Fatalities / 27 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 21
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 27
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Kabul suicide attack death toll soars to 20," DAWN Group, January 5, 2018.
"11 killed, 25 wounded in Kabul suicide attack," Financial Express, January 4, 2018.
"Death toll from Kabul attack rises to 20," Pakistan Today, January 4, 2018.