Incident Summary:

09/17/2019: A suicide bomber detonated explosives targeting an office of the defense ministry in the 9th police district, Kabul, Afghanistan. At least 23 people, including the assailant, were killed and 38 others 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 9th police district of the city.

Attack Information
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 Ministry of Defense Building
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)
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 Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 23 Fatalities / 38 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 23
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 38
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Taliban claims Kabul and Parwan explosions," Khaama Press, September 17, 2019.
"Afghan president narrowly avoids Taliban bomb in worst violence since collapse of US negotiations," Telegraph, September 17, 2019.
"2nd LD Writethru: 16 dead, over 20 injured as blast rocks Kabul," Xinhua General News Service, September 17, 2019.