Deadliest ever suicide attack in the history of Afghanistan since 2001
KABUL - The Taliban attack on an Afghan intelligence base on Monday in which dozens were killed is among the deadliest since the fall of the group's regime in 2001.
Here is a summary of the deadliest attacks, which have all occurred after 2007:
- 2018 -
- December 24: An hours-long bomb and gun attack on a Kabul government compound kills at least 43 people. The Taliban denies responsibility.
- November 20: A suicide bomber blows himself up among religious scholars inside a Kabul wedding hall, killing at least 55 people and wounding 94 others.
- April 22: An Islamic State bomber kills 57 people, including women and children, and wounds more than 100, all civilians, outside a voter registration centre amid preparations for legislative elections in October.
- September 11: A suicide attack on Afghans protesting the appointment of a local police chief in the eastern province of Nangarhar kills at least 68 people and wounds another 165.
- January 27: An ambulance packed with explosives detonates in a crowded street in the heart of Kabul, killing more than 100 people, mostly civilians. The attack is claimed by the Taliban.
- 2017 -
- October 17: Two separate Taliban suicide and gun attacks on police and soldiers leave 80 dead and scores wounded.
The deadliest, which claims 60 lives, is on a police compound in the city of Gardez in Paktia province where militants disguised as police detonate bomb-filled vehicles that clear the way for gunmen to enter.
Another 15 security officials and five civilians are killed in a separate ambush in the neighbouring province of Ghazni.
- May 31: More than 150 people are killed and hundreds wounded when a massive truck bomb rips through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, shattering windows hundreds of metres away.
- April 21: Taliban militants in soldiers' uniforms enter a military base in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif and open fire on unarmed troops at close range in the mosque and dining hall. At least 135 are killed.
- March 8: Gunmen disguised as doctors storm Afghanistan's largest military hospital in Kabul in a six-hour attack claimed by the Islamic State. The official death toll is 50 but security sources and survivors say it exceeds 100.
- 2016 -
- July 23: Twin explosions rip through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 85 people. It marks the first major Islamic State assault on the capital.
- April 19: A truck bomb followed by a shootout leaves 64 people dead and nearly 350 injured injured in central Kabul in a Taliban-claimed attack.
- 2011 -
- December 6: An attack in Kabul targeting the Shiite minority on the holy day of Ashura kills 80 people. A second attack in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif kills another four. The Taliban deny responsibility.
- 2008 -
- July 7: 60 people, including two Indian diplomats and two Indian guards are killed in a suicide car bombing on the Indian embassy in the capital. The Taliban say they were not involved.
- February 17: 140 boys and men, including more than 50 auxiliary police officers, are killed in a suicide attack among a crowd at a dogfight in the southern city of Kandahar. The Taliban deny responsibility.
- 2007 -
- November 6: 79 people are killed, including 59 children and six parliamentarians, in a suicide attack on a delegation of VIPs visiting a sugar factory in Pul-i-Khumri north of Kabul. The Taliban deny involvement. - APP/AFP