Incident Summary:

05/08/2019: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle and assailants stormed Counterpart International, a United States (US) aid group, in the 4th Police District, Kabul, Afghanistan. At least fifteen people, including six assailants, were killed and another 20 people were injured in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident, noting that they targeted Counterpart International for intermixing genders and engaging in harmful Western activities.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Shar Naw neighborhood in the 4th police district of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Counterpart International
Specific Description Office
Nationality of Target International
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 Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 15 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 15
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 6
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Death toll in Taliban attack on international NGO in Kabul rises to 9," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, May 9, 2019.
"Taliban attacks US aid group in Kabul," BBC, May 8, 2019.
"Death toll of Kabul attack reaches 9," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), May 9, 2019.