Incident Summary:

04/30/2018: A suicide bomber disguised as a cameraman detonated targeting emergency response workers and journalists responding to an earlier bombing in Sash Darak, Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, 25 people were killed and 44 others were injured in the blast. This was one of two coordinated suicide bombings that occurred in Kabul on this date. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incidents.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Sash Darak area of the 9th police district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Journalists
Nationality of Target Multinational
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Rescue Workers
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included an Afghan journalist for the Agence France Presse, Shah Marai, employees of Radio Free Europe, Mahram Durani; Ebadullah Hananzai; and Sabawoon Kakar, a cameraman from TOLONews, Yar Mohammad Tokhi, a journalist for 1TV, Ghazi Rasoul, and employees of Mashal TV, Nawroz Ali Khamosh, Ali Saleemi, and Saleem Talash. 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 26 Fatalities / 44 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 26
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 44
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Eight journalists among 29 killed in twin Afghanistan blasts," CNN, April 30, 2018.
"Death toll rises to 40 in Kabul bomb blasts," The Indian Awaaz, May 1, 2018.
"Kabul attacks: Death toll rises to 29, ISIS claims responsibility," India Blooms, April 30, 2018.