Incident Summary:

11/20/2018: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vest at a wedding hall where religious scholars and clerics had gathered to celebrate the birth of the prophet Muhammad in Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, 55 people were killed and 94 people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected that either the Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State or the Taliban were responsible for the attack. The Taliban denied responsibility.

GTD ID:
201811200001

When:
2018-11-20

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Kabul

City:
Kabul

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the 10th police district of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Religious Scholars
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/Bombs/Dynamite 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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State (suspected) No
Taliban (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 56 Fatalities / 94 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 56
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 94
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Toll in Afghan attack climbs to 55, Taliban denies responsibility," United News of India, November 21, 2018.
"Death toll rises in suicide bombing of Islamic gathering in Kabul," Washington Post, November 21, 2018.
"Group behind Kabul attack a mystery," Straits Times, November 21, 2018.