Incident Summary:

12/28/2020: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle and additional assailants opened fire targeting the police headquarters in Anar Dara district, Farah, Afghanistan. At least one police officer and five assailants were killed while three police officers and eight assailants were injured in the blast and ensuing clash. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the Taliban.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Anar Dara district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Headquarters
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Vehicle
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
Explosives Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden Humvee and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualties 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 6 Fatalities / 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 8
"Afghanistan- 1 killed, 3 Wounded in Farah's Anardara Attacks," MENAFN - Business & Finance News (English), December 28, 2020.
"Attacks across Afghanistan kill 4," San Francisco Chronicle, December 28, 2020.
"Taliban Attack Farah’s Anardara District Police HQ," Tolo News, December 28, 2020.