Incident Summary:

11/21/2020: Assailants fired rockets which landed in the compound of the Iranian Embassy in Shar Naw, Kabul, Afghanistan. This was one of 12 incidents in Green Zone on this date. At least ten people were killed and 51 people were injured across the attacks. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident. Sources also attributed the attack to the Taliban, which denied involvement.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Shar Naw area/neighborhood

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Specific Description Iranian Embassy
Nationality of Target Iran
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
At least 23 rockets were used in this and eleven other related attacks.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This incident is part of a set of coordinated attacks in which non-military entities were targeted. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 202011210010, 202011210011, 202011210012, 202011210013, 202011210014, 202011210015, 202011210016, 202011210017, 202011210018, 202011210019, and 202011210023.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Taliban (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Death Toll From Rockets Blasts in Afghan Kabul Rises to 10, Over 50 Injured - Reports," Sputnik News Service, November 22, 2020.
"ISIS Fired Dozens Of Rockets At Afghanistan’s Kabul, Civilian Casualties Reported (Videos, Photos)," South Front, November 21, 2020.