Incident Summary:

08/11/2017: Assailants opened fire on civilians at a mosque in Chah Ab, Takhar, Afghanistan. At least 10 people were killed and 20 people were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to loyalists of a former commander of Hizb-I-Islami.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Chah Ab district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 10 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Gunmen reportedly kill 10 people in attack on religious school in Afghanistan," Trend News Agency - Central Asia (English), August 12, 2017.
"State PAO: Afghan Evening News Summary 13 August 2017," US Embassy Public Affairs Office, August 13, 2017.