Incident Summary:

07/19/2019: A suicide bomber detonated in front of Kabul University's southern gate as students were waiting to attend an exam in Third Police District, Kabul, Afghanistan. A second device was discovered and defused at the scene. At least nine people, including one assailant, were killed and 33 other people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the Taliban was responsible for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident in the third police district of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Kabul University
Specific Description School
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
Explosives Unknown Explosive 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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities / 33 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 33
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suicide Bombing at University Kills 10 as Violence Surges in Afghanistan," New York Times, July 19, 2019.
"At least 10 people said killed in Kabul university attack," Tolo News, July 20, 2019.
"8 killed in blast outside Kabul University," MENA English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), July 19, 2019.