Incident Summary:

05/22/2019: Assailants, including suicide bombers, in an explosives-laden vehicle on their way to carry out an attack refused to stop at a police checkpoint in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Police at the checkpoint opened fire and the vehicle detonated. At least eight people, including four assailants, two civilians, and two police officers, were killed and 15 people, including civilians and police officers, were injured in the blast. The Taliban and the Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.




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 Facility
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Checkpoint
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden armored Humvee and firearms were 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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 15 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 15
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Car bomb in south-east Afghanistan kills at least two," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, May 22, 2019.
"1ST LEAD," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, May 22, 2019.
"Ghazni car bombing kills 4, injuries 10 Afghanistan Times," Afghanistan Times, May 23, 2019.