Incident Summary:

01/27/2018: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden ambulance at a police checkpoint outside Jomhuryat hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to the suicide bomber, 103 people were killed and 235 others were injured in the blast. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident. Additionally, authorities also attributed the attack to the Haqqani Network.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred on Shahrara Street in the 4th police district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Jomhuryat Government Hospital
Specific Description Hospital
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage $7,081,900.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden ambulance 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 The victims included Afghan civilians and a New Zealand national, Hashem Slaimankhel. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Haqqani Network No
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 104 Fatalities / 235 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 104
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 235
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Kabul mourns 100 dead after ambulance bomb," BBC, January 28, 2018.
"Interior Minister: Kabul attack death toll hits 103; 235 injured," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, January 28, 2018.
"Pakistan: Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of backing militants who attacked Kabul," The News Online, January 29, 2018.