Incident Summary:

10/11/2016: Assailants attacked security forces as they were retreating in Chah Anjeer, Helmand, Afghanistan. At least 90 soldiers and police officers were killed in the attack. In addition, an unknown number of people were taken hostage in the assault. The outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Chah Anjeer

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Afghan National Army (ANA)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 24
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
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 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 90 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 90
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Taliban fighters ambush, kill dozens of retreating Afghan troops," Reuters Africa, October 13, 2016.