Incident Summary:

12/31/2018: Assailants attacked Qush Qara oil field south of Sari Pul, Afghanistan. This was one of two related attacks on oil fields in the area on the same day. At least 20 security forces were killed and 20 others were injured across both attacks. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incidents.

GTD ID:
201812310014

When:
2018-12-31

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Sari Pul

City:
Near Qush Qara

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Qush Qara oilfield 12 kilometers south of Sari Pul.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Utilities
Name of Entity Kashkari oil field
Specific Description Oil Field
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?Yes
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. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 201812310013 and 201812310014.
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 10 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 10
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Afghan Forces Repulse Taliban Attack on Oil Fields," VOA News, January 1, 2019.
"Taliban kill 20 Afghan forces on New Year's Eve," Anadolu Ajansi, January 1, 2019.
"Taliban kill 15 more Afghan forces as U.S. eyes major withdrawal," CBS News, January 1, 2019.