Incident Summary:

08/10/2018: Assailants armed with mortars, explosive devices, and firearms attacked Ghazni, Afghanistan. At least 466 people, including 326 assailants, were killed in the ensuing clashes which lasted until August 14, 2018. Additionally, some security personnel may have been abducted in the attack. The victims included security personnel and civilians. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack would "strengthen their position in talks." In addition, the Afghan government also attributed responsibility to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Haqqani Network, though the Taliban insisted that they carried out the attack alone.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Afghan National Security Force (ANSF)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Ghazni City
Specific Description City
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Mortars, explosive devices, firearms, and fire were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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
Haqqani Network (suspected) No
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) (suspected) No
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1000
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 466 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 466
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 326
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Pakistan’s ISI involved in Ghazni attack: NDS," MENA English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), August 18, 2018.
"Deteriorating situation and way forward for Afghanistan," Daily Times, August 18, 2018.
"Afghan forces say they have taken control of much of besieged Ghazni," Irish Times, August 14, 2018.