Incident Summary:

09/05/2018: A suicide bomber shot and killed a security guard and detonated explosives at Moalem wrestling club in Dasht-e-Barchi, Kabul, Afghanistan. This was one of two related bombings at Moalem wrestling club on this day. In addition to the assailant, 26 people were killed and 91 others were injured across both blasts. 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 Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of the 6th police district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Moalem Wrestling Club
Specific Description Wrestling Training Center
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vest and firearms were 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 Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 201809050004 and 201809050005. Casualties 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 14 Fatalities / 46 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 46
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Islamic State claims twin Kabul bomb attack that killed at least 26," dpa-AFX International ProFeed, September 6, 2018.
"Death toll climbs to 26 in Kabul bombings, 91 others are wounded: MoI," Khaama Press, September 6, 2018.
"Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Deadly Kabul Bomb Attack," Radio Free Europe, September 6, 2018.