Incident Summary:

01/20/2018: Five assailants, including suicide bombers, armed with explosives-laden vests and assault rifles attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. All five assailants and 22 civilians were killed while 10 others were injured in the attack. The victims included United States citizens. The Taliban and the Haqqani Network separately claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the 5th police district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Intercontinental Hotel
Specific Description Hotel
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Afghanistan
Specific Description Employees
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 160
US Hostages Unknown
Hours of Kidnapping 13
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden vests, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), and automatic firearms 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 The victims included four United States civilians including Glenn Selig, six Ukrainian civilians, two Venezuelan civilians, one Kazakhstani civilian, one German civilian, and an Afghan member of High Peace Council, Ahmad Farzan, Counsel General Dr. Abdullah Waheed Poyan and Telecommunication Department Head Jamaluddin Padshahkhil. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Haqqani Network Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 27 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 27
Number of U.S. Fatalities 4
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Militants attack military base in Kabul, Afghanistan," CNN, January 28, 2018.
"Afghan Intercontinental Hotel attack: Death toll in Kabul reaches 22," BBC, January 22, 2018.
"Kabul hotel attacker trained by Pakistan spy agency ISI: Afghan envoy," Hindustan Times, January 30, 2018.