Incident Summary:

03/09/2016: Assailants armed with firearms and suicide vests attacked the district headquarters in Greshk, Helmand, Afghanistan. At least four police officers and 10 assailants were killed and 12 police officers and 15 assailants were injured in the ensuing clash. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Greshk
Specific Description Headquarters
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Explosives-laden vests and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 14 Fatalities / 27 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 10
Total Number of Injured 27
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 15
"Attack on Afghan Government Facilities Kills 14," Latin American Herald Tribune, March 11, 2016."
"15 killed as Taliban attack in Helmand ends on 3rd day," Afghanistan Times, March 10, 2016."
"Afghan forces end Taliban siege in Greshk by killing all 10 suicide bombers," Khaama Press, March 11, 2016."