Incident Summary:

11/06/2019: Assailants opened fire on a border post in Ishkobod, Districts of Republican Subordination, Tajikistan. At least 17 people, including 15 assailants and two border officers, were killed in the ensuing clash. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack; however, sources doubted the veracity of the claim.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:

Districts of Republican Subordination


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Rudaki district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Tajik Border Troops
Specific Description Outpost
Nationality of Target Tajikistan
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Politsia
Specific Description Officer: Bahrom Qosimzoda
Nationality of Target Tajikistan
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) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information The victims include border guard Izatullo Latifiov. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The attack may have been motivated by a business dispute.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 20
Number of Captured Perpetrators 5
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 17 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 17
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 15
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Tajik Security Official Muddies Official Reports On Border Post Attack," Radio Free Europe, November 26, 2019.
"Islamic State claims Tajik-Uzbek border attack," Reuters UK, November 8, 2019.
"Number Of Law Enforcement Victims In Tajik Attack Could Be Higher," Radio Free Europe, November 8, 2019.