Incident Summary:

1/7/2001: Taliban militia regained control of Yakawlang town, Bamyan, Afghanistan. For the next three days, the Taliban proceeded to go from house to house, gathering and shooting the local men. Reports indicate that at least 170 people were killed in the attack. Sources indicate that the orders for the massacre came from Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar; Omar denies the incident took place.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Yakawlang town and the surrounding district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians living in the vicinity of Yakawlang
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
The victims were shot in the head
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Sources provide different accounts of the number of dead, the location of the killing, and the style of killing.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 150 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 150
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Taliban recapture central Afghan district," Agence France-Presse, January 8, 2001."
"Taleban killed hundreds of Afghans - reports," Reuters, February 19, 2001."
"Afghanistan - Taleban accused of mass killing," Pakistan Press International, February 19, 2001."