Incident Summary:

12/31/2018: An explosive device attached to the vehicle of Colonel Mohammad Omar detonated near the governor's office and police headquarters in Taluqan, Takhar, Afghanistan. Colonel Omar, a district police chief, was killed and three people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description District Chief: Colonel Mohammad Omar
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 Sticky Bomb
Weapon Details
A magnetic bomb 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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest 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 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"District police chief killed in Takhar bombing," Pajhwok Afghan News, December 31, 2018.
"North Afghan district police chief killed in blast," Afghan Islamic Press Online, December 31, 2018.
"Afghanistan: District Police Chief Killed In Takhar Bomb Blast," Ariana News Online, December 31, 2018.