Incident Summary:

07/22/2018: A suicide bomber detonated explosives targeting the convoy of Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to the suicide bomber, 23 people were killed and 107 were injured in the blast. Dostum was unharmed in the attack. 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 10th police district of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Afghanistan
Specific Description Convoy of Vice President: Abdul Rashid Dostum
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
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)
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 civilian Mohammad Akhtar. 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 24 Fatalities / 107 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 24
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 107
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Death toll rises to 23 in terror attack on Kabul airport, 107 wounded: Govt," Business Standard India, July 23, 2018.
"14 killed, 60 wounded as blast hits Dostum's convoy," Pajhwok Afghan News English, July 22, 2018.
"Kabul blast: Death toll mounts to 16," Ani News, July 22, 2018.