Incident Summary:

10/19/2017: Assailants, including suicide bombers, attacked a military base in Chashmah, Kandahar, Afghanistan. At least 43 soldiers and 10 assailants were killed, nine soldiers were injured, and six soldiers were reported missing in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Chashmah

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Maywand district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Afghan National Army (ANA)
Specific Description Military Base
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Two explosives-laden Humvees and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 53 Fatalities / 9 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 53
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 10
Total Number of Injured 9
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghanistan- Taliban Kill 13 Police Officers in Kunduz Raid," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), October 29, 2017."
"Afghan army base destroyed by Taliban suicide bombers," BBC, October 19, 2017."
"Taliban suicide, gun attacks kill 43 Afghan soldiers," Anadolu Agency (AA), October 19, 2017."