Incident Summary:

11/20/2018: An explosive device detonated targeting a police vehicle in Shah Wali Kot district, Kandahar, Afghanistan. Four people, including three police officers and one civilian, were killed and two police officers were injured in the blast. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201811200006

When:
2018-11-20

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Kandahar

City:
Shah Wali Kot district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Land Mine
Weapon Details
A roadside landmine was used in the attack.
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 The victims included the Second Security Battalion Commander, Sidiqullah.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Afghan War Casualty Report: Nov. 16-22," New York Times, November 23, 2018.
"Afghanistan: 3 policemen killed in blast in Kandahar province," IBNS, November 21, 2018.
"Officer among 3 police killed in Kandahar blast," MENA English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), November 21, 2018.