Incident Summary:

12/24/2016: Assailants attacked a police checkpoint in Shamal Gah, Farah, Afghanistan. At least seven assailants and five police officers were killed and four assailants and two officers were injured in the ensuing clash. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201612240001

When:
2016-12-24

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Farah

City:
Shamal Gah

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unknown
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Checkpoint
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Unknown
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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 7
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 4
Sources
"Seven Taliban Militants Killed, 4 Wounded In Farah," Bakhtar News Agency, December 25, 2016."
"Policemen among 12 dead in Farah clash," Pajhwok Afghan News English, December 24, 2016."
"11 Afghan policemen killed in Farah attack," Khyber News, December 24, 2016."