Incident Summary:

08/18/2013: Assailants attacked a Public Protection Police Force (PPPF) convoy in Gulistan district, Farah province, Afghanistan. A clash ensued, during which at least 12 police officers and 70 assailants were killed. At least 22 police officers were also injured in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Gulistan district

Location Details:
The incident took place in the Chahkab area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP)
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 200
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 82 Fatalities / 22 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 82
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 70
Total Number of Injured 22
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Driver of ANA ambulance killed in Herat blast," Afghan Islamic Press (AIP), August 20, 2013.
"Afghan west fighting leaves 70 Taleban, 12 police dead," BBC Monitoring South Asia - Political Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring, August 19, 2013.
"72 militants 11 policemen killed in Afghanistan clash," Philippine Times, August 19, 2013.