Incident Summary:

09/18/2013: Assailants opened fire on an Afghan security forces convoy in Warduj district, Badakhshan province, Afghanistan. At least 23 police officers were killed, and 21 others were injured. Twenty-four officers were also abducted. Seven of the hostages were released on September 21, 2013. The fate of the remaining hostages is unknown. The Taliban claimed responsibility for this attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Warduj district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan National Police (ANP)
Specific Description Security Forces
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 24
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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 recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 23 Fatalities / 21 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 23
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 21
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Taliban release 7 Afghan soldiers," UPI, September 21, 2013."
"Militants kill 18 Afghan police," BBC, September 20, 2013."
"Afghanistan: Taliban release 7 abducted Afghan soldiers in Badakhshan," Khaama Press, September 21, 2013."