Incident Summary:

08/03/2017: Assailants attacked civilians and security personnel in Mirza Wulang, Sari Pul, Afghanistan. Clashes ensued that lasted until August 5, 2017. At least 72 people, including 10 assailants, were killed and 12 assailants were injured in the clashes. In addition, at least 335 people were taken hostage and 30 houses were set on fire during the attack. At least 235 hostages were released on August 8, 2017. The fate of the remaining hostages is unknown. The Taliban and the Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State each separately claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Sari Pul

Mirza Wulang

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Sayyad district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Local Police (ALP)
Specific Description Outpost
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Mirza Olang Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 335
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom 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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Khorasan Chapter of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 72 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 72
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 10
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 12
"Taliban releases 235 Afghan hostages," BBC, August 8, 2017."
"UN confirms militants killed 36 in Mirzawlang attack," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), August 20, 2017."
"Attackers Kill Dozens of Afghan Villagers in Northern Province," New York Times, August 6, 2017."