Incident Summary:

12/23/2020: Assailants attacked security forces in Nawa-i-Barakzayi district, Helmand, Afghanistan. This was one of two related attacks in Helmand on this date. At least 16 assailants were killed, and 11 assailants were injured across both attacks. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources attributed the attacks to the Taliban.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Nawa-i-Barakzayi district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Afghan National Security Force (ANSF)
Specific Description Security Forces
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Nine roadside bombs were used in this and another related attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 This incident is part of a set of coordinated attacks in which military entities were targeted. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 202012230016 and 202012230017.
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 8 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 8
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 6
"Afghanistan- 58 Taliban rebels killed in latest military stings," MENAFN - Business & Finance News (English), December 23, 2020.
"Taliban Suffer Heavy Loss in MoD Operations," HT Syndication, December 23, 2020.