Incident Summary:

09/28/2015: Assailants raided Kunduz city, Afghanistan. The assailants attacked civilians and security force members, stormed the prison and released more than 500 inmates, set fire to an unknown number of buildings, and gained control of the city. At least four people and 20 assailants were killed and 50 people were injured during the preliminary raid. Clashes continued until security forces regained control of Kunduz on October 1, 2015. After four days of fighting, 40 people and 200 assailants were reported dead and 296 people were injured. This was one of three coordinated attacks in Kunduz on the same day. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Kunduz City
Specific Description City
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Heavy weapons were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 240 Fatalities / 296 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 240
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 200
Total Number of Injured 296
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Taliban expands fight beyond Afghanistan's Kunduz," Al Jazeera, October 1, 2015.
"Taliban attack on Afghan city of Kunduz lasts 9 hours," CNN, September 28, 2015.
"Afghanistan: Seventy Civilians Killed, 180 Wounded in Kunduz Battle," Pajhwok Afghan News, October 20, 2015.