Incident Summary:

05/14/2020: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a military facility in Gardez, Paktia, Afghanistan. At least six people, including five civilians and the assailant, were killed and at least 19 others were injured in the blast. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources also attributed the attack to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Haqqani Network.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Afghan National Army (ANA)
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
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 Mazda truck 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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Haqqani Network No
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) No
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 6 Fatalities / 19 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 19
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Taliban Claim Deadly Attack On Afghan Army Base," International Business Times, May 14, 2020.
"Explosion in Gardiz, Capital of Paktia," Tolo News, May 14, 2020.
"Car bomb explosion in Paktia leaves five civilians dead," Frontier Post, May 14, 2020.