Incident Summary:

12/08/2015: Assailants attacked a military installation at the Kandahar airport in Kandahar, Afghanistan. At least seven civilians were taken hostage to be used as shields during the fighting that lasted into the next day. At least 64 people and nine assailants were killed and 37 people were injured in the ensuing clash; the victims included security force members and civilians. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Kandahar

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): Operation Resolute Support
Specific Description Kandahar Airbase
Nationality of Target International
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Afghan National Security Force (ANSF)
Specific Description Kandahar Airbase
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 6
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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 attack 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: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 10
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 73 Fatalities / 37 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 73
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 9
Total Number of Injured 37
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghan Government Raises Death Toll in Airport Attack to 64," Latin American Herald Tribune, December 11, 2015."
"More than 30 civilians killed in attack at Afghanistan's Kandahar airport," Trend News Agency, December 10, 2015."
"Afghan Forces Battle Taliban Militants Holding Hostages in Kandahar," New York Times, December 9, 2015."