Incident Summary:

12/31/2019: Assailants ambushed a security force convoy in Bandar, Takhar, Afghanistan. At least 18 people, including 11 assailants, four police officers, and three soldiers ,were killed and seven others, including five assailants, 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 the Darqad district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Afghan National Security Force (ANSF)
Specific Description Joint Convoy
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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
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 18 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 11
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 5
"Afghan War Casualty Report: January 2020; at war," The New York Times, January 2, 2020.
"Taliban attacks kill at least 23 members of Afghan forces," TRT World, January 1, 2020.
"Afghan gun battle kills 18, including 7 security personnel," Xinhua General News Service, January 1, 2020.