Incident Summary:

09/05/2019: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near the National Directorate of Security (NDS) headquarters in Sash Darak, Kabul, Afghanistan. At least 11 people, including a United States soldier and a Romanian soldier, were killed and 42 other people were injured in the blast. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Sash Darak area of the city near Abdul Haq square.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity National Directorate of Security (NDS)
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): Operation Resolute Support
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target International
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden gray minivan 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 Victims included U.S. solider Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, and a Romanian soldier. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban 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 11 Fatalities / 42 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 42
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"12 killed in Kabul suicide bombing," The Statesman, September 5, 2019.
"Taliban Bombing Kills 10 in Afghan Capital," VOA News, September 5, 2019.
"Taliban kill 10 in 'horrifying' Kabul bombing," Saudi Gazette, September 5, 2019.