Incident Summary:

12/31/2018: Assailants attacked a police post in Chimtal district, Balkh, Afghanistan. One national police officer and one local police officer were killed while five police officers were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Taliban.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Chimtal district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Local Police (ALP)
Specific Description Post
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan National Police (ANP)
Specific Description Personnel
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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
Taliban No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghan War Casualty Report: Dec. 28-Jan. 3," New York Times, January 4, 2019.
"Afghanistan: 11 die in gunfights between militants, police," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), January 2, 2019.
"8 police, 3 militants killed in N. Afghan clashes," Xinhua News Agency, January 1, 2019.