Incident Summary:

09/09/2018: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden motorcycle targeting a procession of civilians commemorating the death of Ahmad Shah Massoud in Taimani, Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, at least seven people were killed and 24 people were injured in the blast. This was one of two related suicide bombings in Kabul on this date. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Taimani area of the 4th police district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Ahmad Shah Massoud Memorial Procession
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden motorcycle 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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Kabul blast hits procession for Ahmed Shah Massoud," Al Jazeera, September 9, 2018.
"ISIS claims suicide attack on the supporters of Massoud in Kabul," Khaama Press, September 10, 2018.
"Two killed in suicide bomb attack on Kabul commemorations," Saudi Gazette, September 9, 2018.