Incident Summary:

10/20/2018: A suicide bomber detonated at a police checkpoint in front of a polling station in the 17th police district of Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, at least 15 people were killed and 25 were injured in the blast. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the 17th police district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan
Specific Description Polling Station
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Checkpoint
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)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vest was used in the attack.
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 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: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 16 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 16
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Millions of Afghans Vote Despite Attacks, Threats," VOA News, October 20, 2018.
"Bomb kills 15 at Afghan election polling station," Sky News, October 20, 2018.
"Afghan Parliamentary Elections Hit By Violence, Problems At Voting Stations," Radio Free Europe, October 20, 2018.