Incident Summary:

07/01/2019: An explosives-laden vehicle driven by a suicide bomber detonated and assailants stormed the Afghan Defense Ministry building in Kabul, Afghanistan. At least 16 people, including five assailants, were killed and 105 other people were injured in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Afghanistan
Specific Description Afghan Defence Ministry Building
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 Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden truck and firearms were 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
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 11 Fatalities / 105 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 105
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghan government condemns Taliban deadly attack in Kabul amid peace talks in Doha," Xinhua General News Service, July 2, 2019.
"Six killed, 105 wounded in Taliban attack in Kabul," The Hindu, July 1, 2019.
"Kabul blast: Taliban attack kills at least 16 in Afghan capital," Al Jazeera Online, July 1, 2019.