April 2016 Kabul attack

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April 2016 Kabul attack
Part of War in Afghanistan (2015–present), Operation Omari
Location Kabul, Afghanistan
Coordinates 34°33′19″N 69°12′27″E / 34.5553°N 69.2075°E / 34.5553; 69.2075Coordinates: 34°33′19″N 69°12′27″E / 34.5553°N 69.2075°E / 34.5553; 69.2075
Date 19 April 2016
Target Government employees
Attack type
Mass murder, suicide bombing
Weapons Bomb, guns
Deaths 69 (62; 7)†
Non-fatal injuries
367+ (347; 20+)†
Perpetrators Taliban
† First number in brackets: primary attack
Second number in brackets: attack on broadcaster

On the morning of 19 April 2016, Taliban militants attacked a security team responsible for protecting government VIPs in Kabul, Afghanistan. The initial attack killed 64 people and wounded 347. It was their biggest attack on an urban area since 2001.[1][2][3]


Local broadcaster TOLOnews reported that the attack involved a suicide bomber detonating a vehicle laden with "hundreds of kilograms of explosives" and the militants then making their way into the compound of "Department 10" of the National Directorate of Security (NDS)[2] and opening fire. The bomb that detonated caused a ceiling to collapse in a classroom where elite intelligence officers were being trained. An Afghan security official said members of that unit accounted for about half of the people killed.[4] The local broadcast station said that a two-hour gun battle ensued between the militants and security forces.[5][6]


Sediq Sediqi, a spokesman for the Afghani Interior Ministry, said that despite the target, most of the victims were civilians.[1] Ismail Kawasi, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, said that 327 wounded have been brought to area hospitals.[1] On 20 April 2016, Sediqi confirmed in a tweet that 64 "innocent Afghans" were killed and 347 wounded.[7]

Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.[6] He said as many as 92 security staff and soldiers were killed.[2] It came after the group announced its annual spring offensive Operation Omari.[6]



President Ashraf Ghani issued a statement saying that the attack proved that the Taliban were growing weak and therefore resorting to asymmetric warfare.[1] Shortly after the attack, women's rights activist Wazhma Frogh wrote on Twitter that the attacks took place near schools and that parents were attempting to protect their children.[6]

Some parliamentarians strongly condemned President Ashraf Ghani for failing to provide security from the terrorist attacks.[4]


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  1. ^ a b c d Faiez, Rahim. "Dozens Killed in Taliban Attack on Afghan Security Agency". ABC News. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Smith, Josh (19 April 2016). "Afghan Taliban kill at least 28 in major attack in central Kabul". Reuters. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  3. ^ Shereena Qazi; Al Jazeera & agencies (19 April 2016). "Suicide car bomber attacks heart of Afghanistan's Kabul". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b Craig, Tim; Salahuddin, Sayed (2016-04-20). "As Kabul death toll rises, fears also boosted of more powerful Taliban bombs". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  5. ^ a b Onyanga-Omara, Jane. "Officials: At least 28 dead, over 300 wounded in Kabul attack". USA Today. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e Michael Pearson; Masoud Popalzai & Zahra Ullah. "Dozens die in Afghanistan as Taliban attack". CNN. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Afghanistan attack: Kabul suicide blast deaths rise to 64 - BBC News". BBC News. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  8. ^ a b Press, Associated (2016-04-19). "The Latest: UN Security Council condemns Taliban attack". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  9. ^ "PM Narendra Modi condemns terror attack in Kabul". The Economic Times. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Modi condemns Kabul blast". Business Standard. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Press Release Regarding the Suicide Attack Perpetrated in Kabul". mfa.gov.tr/. TR Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 19 April 2016.