Incident Summary:

03/07/2019: Assailants fired mortars at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the death of a Shia Hazara leader in Dasht-e-Barchi, Kabul, Afghanistan. At least 11 civilians were killed and 95 people, including eight bodyguards, were injured in the attack. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident. Sources also attributed the attack to the Taliban, which the group denied.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of the 6th police district area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Yemen
Specific Description Officials
Nationality of Target Yemen
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Abdul Ali Mazari Remembrance Ceremony
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Mortars were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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 Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Taliban (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 95 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 95
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"3rd LD Writethru: 6 killed, 23 injured after blasts hit New Year celebrations in Kabul," Xinhua General News Service, March 21, 2019.
"Death toll rises to 11 in Kabul mortar attack 95 others wounded," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), March 8, 2019.
"Singapore: Blasts strike near major political gathering in Kabul," Channel NewsAsia Online, March 7, 2019.