Incident Summary:

07/26/2017: Assailants attacked a military base in Khakrez, Kandahar, Afghanistan. At least 26 soldiers were killed, 13 were injured and at least seven were abducted in the attack. The whereabouts of the hostages are unknown. Additionally, 80 assailants were either killed or injured. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Khakrez district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Afghan National Security Force (ANSF)
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 7
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
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: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 26 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 26
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Dozens Killed In Taliban Attack On Afghan Military Base," Radio Free Europe, July 26, 2017."
"Taliban kills 40 soldiers in Kandahar,", July 26, 2017."
"At least 26 Afghanistan soldiers killed in Taliban attack on Kandahar base," International Business Times India, July 26, 2017."