Incident Summary:

03/15/2017: Assailants abducted three Hazara tribal elders from Qara Khwal, Sari Pul, Afghanistan. The elders were killed shortly after the kidnapping. The Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident. In addition, sources attributed the attack to the Taliban.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Sari Pul

Qara Khwal

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Sayyad district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Hazara Elders: Abdul Rashid Bay, Hajji Baz Mohammad, Mohammad Zaki
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Taliban No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghan officials: Islamic State kills 3 Shiite elders," Associated Press International, March 16, 2017."
"Islamic State kills three tribal elders in Afghan north - official," Afghan Islamic Press Online, March 16, 2017."
"Afghanistan: Extremists Alegedly Behead Three Influential Hazara Elders in Sar-e Pul Province," Pajhwok Afghan News Online, March 16, 2017."