Incident Summary:

12/25/2016: Assailants attacked a police check-post in Farah Rud, Farah, Afghanistan. At least two police officers were killed and three officers were injured in the attack. Additionally, the assailants sustained an unknown number of casualties. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Farah Rud

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Bala Buluk district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
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: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Taliban kill 11 Afghan police personnel," The Messenger, December 25, 2016."
"Highlights: Pakistan Pashto Press 27 December 2016," Summary, December 27, 2016."
"Afghan Farah Province Spokesperson Says Taliban Kill 2 Policemen, Injure 3 in Bala Buluk District," Pajhwok Afghan News Online, December 26, 2016."