Incident Summary:

01/14/2019: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle targeting a United Nations (UN) compound in the Green Village, Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to the assailant, four civilians, including an Indian and a United States national, were killed and 113 people were injured in the blast. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for US military operations in Afghanistan and because "the US stepped back" from recent negotiations with the Taliban.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the 9th police district at the Green Village compound.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
Specific Description Compound
Nationality of Target International
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
Nationality of Target United States
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 sewage truck containing RDX 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
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 113 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 113
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"American, Indian National Killed in Kabul Attack," VOA News, January 16, 2019.
"Taliban claims attack that killed at least 4 in Kabul," EFE, January 15, 2019.
"4 killed, 44 injured in Kabul blast," Bangladesh Daily Star, January 14, 2019.