Incident Summary:

12/24/2018: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside the Ministry of Public Works government compound and additional assailants stormed the Ministry for Martyrs and Disabled in Kabul, Afghanistan. At least 47 people, including four assailants, were killed and 10 people were injured in the attack. In addition, an unknown number of people were held hostage during the attack. The hostages were freed when security forces responded to the incident and neutralized the assailants. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Taliban, which the group denied.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the 16th police district of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Ministry of Public Works
Specific Description Compound
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity National Authority for Disabled People and Martyrs’ Families
Specific Description Building
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Taliban (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 47 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 47
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Gunmen storm government building in Kabul, take hostages," Al Jazeera, December 24, 2018.
"Legislative want comprehensive investigation over recent Kabul attack," Afghanistan Times, December 26, 2018.
"Attack on Afghan government compound kills 43," Anadolu Ajansi, December 25, 2018.