Incident Summary:

06/30/2019: Assailants attacked Qush Tepa district, Jawzjan, Afghanistan. At least 36 people, including 30 assailants and six security personnel, were killed and 15 other people were injured in the ensuing clash with security forces which lasted until the following day. In addition, at least 96 Afghan security personnel were abducted in the attack. 42 hostages were released on July 3 while another 54 others released on July 9. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Qush Tepa district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Afghan National Security Force (ANSF)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Qosh Tepa District
Specific Description District
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 96
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 9
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
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 36 Fatalities / 15 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 36
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 30
Total Number of Injured 15
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Afghan War Casualty Report: June 28-July 4; at War," The New York Times, July 4, 2019.
"Taliban release 54 security forces in Jawzjan," Pajhwok Afghan News English, July 9, 2019.
"Afghanistan- Taliban release 42 ANA soldiers in Jawzjan," Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), July 4, 2019.