Incident Summary:

04/22/2018: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden belt targeting a voter registration center in Dasht-e-Barchi, Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, 69 people were killed and 120 people were injured in the blast. 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 Dasht-e-Barchi area of the 6th police district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan
Specific Description Voter Registration Center
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Officers
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden belt 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 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 70 Fatalities / 120 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 70
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 120
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"31 killed in suicide attack in Afghan capital," Japan Economic Newswire, April 22, 2018.
"Toll rises to 69 in Kabul suicide attack," Kashmir Observer, April 24, 2018.
"Kabul attack toll rises to 57 dead and 119 wounded: Officials," Khaama Press, April 22, 2018.