Incident Summary:

08/17/2019: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vest at the Dubai City wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan. At least 93 civilians were killed and 142 others were injured in the blast. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Wedding
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vest 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 The victims included families of the groom Mirwais Elmi and bride and civilians including guest Mohammad Aslim. 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.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 93 Fatalities / 142 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 93
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 142
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Death toll in Afghanistan wedding blast rises to 80," Al Jazeera, August 21, 2019.
"At least 63 killed in Kabul wedding blast," Al Jazeera, August 18, 2019.
"Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Bombing That Killed 63, Injured 182 at Afghanistan Wedding," Time, August 18, 2019.