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January 31, 2019 More
According to a new report released by the U.S. Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) the Afghan government’s further loss of control over territory to the Taliban. The SIGAR report states that only 53.8% of the country’s 407 districts are under government control and as of the end of October 2018 only 63.5% of the population was living in areas controlled and/or influenced by the government. Other experts on Afghanistan argue that the Taliban control even larger percentage of the country.
January 21, 2019 More
The United States and the Taliban have begun another round of preliminary peace talks in Doha, Qatar. The Taliban agreed to hold a new round of talks after the United States agreed to discuss a potential troop withdrawal from the country. The Taliban are demanding the full withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan as a precondition for beginning formal peace talks aimed at ending the 17-year long war. A cease-fire agreement is highly unlikely.
January 21, 2019 More
At around 7 a.m. local time, Taliban militants attack a training center of the National Directorate for Security (NDS) in Maidan Shahr, the capital of Maidan Wardak province about 30km/19 miles south-west of Kabul. The attack started with a suicide car bomber detonating a captured military Humvee VBIED at the gates of the complex, after which between two and four gunmen dressed in NDS uniforms entered the base and engaged security personnel in a five hour long firefight. At least 43 NDS personnel were killed in the attack and 54 were wounded. The attack, the most serious against Afghan forces in months, occurred on the same day that Taliban representatives met Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, in Qatar. The attack was likely planned to coincide with the talks as the Taliban try to gain leverage at the negotiating table.
January 20, 2019 More
At least eight security personnel were killed and 10 were wounded when a suicide car bomber driving a VBIED targeted the convoy of the governor of southern Logar province on the highway connecting Logar with the capital Kabul. The provincial chief and the provincial chief of the country’s intelligence agency were unharmed. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Logar province, located about 75 km/ 46 miles from Kabul, is a strategic gateway to the capital and is vulnerable to attacks due to the Taliban’s active presence in most areas of the province.
January 14, 2019 More
A suicide truck bomber detonated a VBIED outside the heavily fortified Green Village compound located in Kabul’s 9th district. Following the explosion, five gunmen attempted to storm the compound, which contains the offices of several international companies and NGOs. Five people were killed in the attack and 110 were wounded. The VIBD blast reportedly collapsed the blast walls where the VBIED exploded and the buildings within the complex have been damaged. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
January 12, 2019 More
Three police officers and two civilians were killed and four people were wounded in an attack on a police station in western Herat province. Afghan National Security Forces later killed one of the three attackers and disarmed a VBIED found at the site. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but security officials suspect that the Taliban, which carried out a series of attacks on security checkpoints in the area, was behind the attack.
January 08, 2019 More
At around 11:30 a.m. local time, a remote controlled IED attached to a motorcycle exploded on a road near the Khost Mosque, the main mosque, in the eastern city of Khost, Khost Province. At least one civilian was killed and 26 others wounded in the blast. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
January 01, 2019 More
At least 27 members of security forces were killed and dozens wounded in a series of coordinated attacks by Taliban insurgents in the Sayad District in the northern Sar-i-Pul province. The Taliban had simultaneously attacked the district center, security outposts along the highway linking Sar-i-Pul province with Jowzjan province, and the village of Qashqari to take control of the oil wells in the village. Reinforcements, including the police and intelligence units were called to help, but the militants ambushed them. Separately, in the province of Balkh, the Taliban attacked a security outpost in the Chemtal District, killing six police officers and wounding seven others.
December 30, 2018 More
The head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced a three months delay in the next year's presidential election, which will now be held on July 20. The official stated that the delay would give his institution more time to fix technical issues and overcome related challenges "to better prepare for the election." The election was organically set for April 20 but harsh winter; security challenges and financial constraints were hampering preparations and the transportation of election materials for organizing the vote on time. The official added that elections in Ghazni province as well as district and provincial council elections would be held on the same day as the presidential elections. The unity government of incumbent President Ashraf Ghani, who intends to seek a second five-year term, has welcomed the delay though it had previously insisted the polls would be held on time. The announcement comes as IEC officials are still struggling to tally votes cast in October's parliamentary elections, which were held in 33 of the 34 provinces mired in controversy. Thus far the IEC has announced preliminary results for 31 provinces.
December 26, 2018 More
A suicide bomber disguised as a beggar targeted a group of Pakistanis in a wealthy subdivision of the southern city of Kandahar in the Kandahar province. Six people were killed in the attack. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. Pakistan has accused Afghanistan of sheltering Baluch separatists, including those behind a deadly attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi earlier this month. Afghanistan in turn accuses Pakistan of sheltering the Taliban and other Islamic extremists.
December 24, 2018 More
In the late afternoon hours, a suicide car bomber detonated a VBIED outside the Public Works Ministry building in eastern Kabul, after which three gunmen stormed the building and took civilians hostage. Security personnel went from floor to floor of the building to rescue over 350 people and employees who locked themselves inside offices. After nearly seven hours standoff, security forces managed to kill the three attackers. At least 43 people, mostly government employees, were killed in the attack and more than 20 were wounded. Though no group claimed responsibility for the attack, security officials blamed the Taliban.
December 03, 2018 More
Taliban insurgents released at least 45 truck drivers two days after they abducted them in the Khush Dara village in the Dara Suf district of Samangan province. Unconfirmed reports claim the drivers were released after each of them paid US$ 65 to their captors. (afghanistan.liveuamap.com, 4 December 2018 & baztab.news, 4 December 2018)
December 01, 2018 More
According to local security officials, Taliban insurgents kidnapped  between 40 to 60 truck drivers working at a coal mine in the northern Samangan province. The drivers were on their way to Balkh province when they were intercepted in the Khush Dara village in the Dara Suf district of the province at around 10 a.m. local time and kidnapped by the militants. The Taliban have not commented regarding the kidnapping so far. The mass kidnapping followed another mass kidnapping in which at least 25 passengers were abducted from Balkhab district of Sari Pul province as they were traveling to Mazari Sharif city on November 27. (khaama.com, 2 December 2018)
November 27, 2018 More
Suspected Taliban militants intercepted two mini-buses traveling from the Balkhab district of Sar-e-Pul province to Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on the Sari Pul-Balkh Highway in the Zari district district of Balkh Province. The insurgents released all the female commuters and took 25 male passengers to unknown location. (xinhuanet.com, 27 November 2018)
October 09, 2018 More
A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a parliamentary candidate’s campaign office in the city of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province. The candidate Saleh Mohammad Achekzai and eight other people were killed and 11 were injured in the blast. While no group has yet claimed responsibility, the Taliban have threatened attacks on election-related events in the run-up to parliamentary elections on 20 October.
August 25, 2018 More
According to the northern Badakhshan province police spokesman, Taliban militants kidnapped Ahmad Khan, the Nasai district prosecutor. A group of militants raided Zaghar valley in the district  and kidnapped the official who was taken to an unknown location. Reinforcement had been sent from the neighboring Shakai and Maimai districts to search for the official and the insurgents holding him. The Taliban who control parts of Badakhshan province haven't commented yet. (xinhuanet.com, 26 August 2018)
August 14, 2018 More
The Afghan Taliban is demanding the release  of a member of the militant Haqqani network along with other insurgent prisoners in exchange for the release of two foreign professors at Kabul's American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), American Kevin King, 60, and Timothy Weeks, 48, who were kidnapped two years ago. The AUAF, Kenneth Holland, the kidnappers make a demand after the kidnapping for the release of one of the Haqqani family members who is being held by the Afghan government. Holland was apparently referring to death row prisoner Annas Haqqani, who is the youngest son of Jalaluuddin Haqqani, founder of the Haqqani network, which is listed by the United States as a global terrorist. Holland spoke to reporters in Kabul in connection with the second anniversary of the kidnapping. Holland said his university has seen some videos made by the captors but other than that, they have very little information about where they are being held and whether they are in Afghanistan or some other country. Holland said the AUAF is the two and Weeks. He explained the kidnappers have not asked for any ransom money, and the university has no influence over the Afghan government to secure a prisoner exchange deal. The U.S. has posted a US$1 million reward for any information leading to the safe recovery of King. In October 2017, the Taliban released a video message from the two Western hostages, stating King's deteriorating health condition required urgent and better medical treatment for him. (voanews.com, 14 August 2018)
August 05, 2018 More
Two Czech soldiers were killed and an American and two Afghan soldiers were injured when a suicide bomber targeted the joint patrol in the Khalazai area of Charikar, the capital of Parwan province. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
August 03, 2018 More
At around 13:30 local time, two burka-clad men in full face veils opened fire on worshipers attending Friday prayers at the the Khawaja Hassan Shia mosque in the eastern city of Gardez, Paktia province. As one of the attackers was shot dead by security forces, the other ran into a hall where people were hiding, and detonated his explosives device. At least 39 people were killed in the attack and 80 were wounded. The Islamic State via its Amaq news agency, claimed responsibility for the attack. 
August 02, 2018 More
Three foreign nationals from India, Malaysia and Macedonia were kidnapped and later killed by unknown gunmen in Kabul. The Malaysian national is said to be 64, the Indian 39, and the Macedonian 37. The three were employed as cooks for Sodexo, a France-based food services company. They were intercepted and kidnapped while being driven to the airport by a local working for their company. Their bodies were later found in Kabul’s Mussahi district. No group claimed responsibility for the incident. Kidnapping by militants or criminals gangs seeking a ransom has been rife in Afghanistan in recent years. Locals are most often the targets, but foreigners have also been seized. (bbc.com, 2 August 2018)
August 01, 2018 More
At least 150 Islamic State (IS) militants have surrendered to Afghan security forces amid ongoing clashes between IS and Taliban militants in the Darzab district of the northern province of Jawzjan. A local official stated that the Taliban have driven the IS out of Darzab district and taken control of the province, formerly the main IS stronghold in northern Afghanistan.
July 31, 2018 More
At around 4.30 a.m. a passenger bus traveling to Kabul along the highway between the city of Herat and Helmand province hit a roadside bomb in the western Farah province. As many as 11 people were killed and 31 were wounded in the explosion. Though no group claimed responsibility for the attack; local police blamed the Taliban for the bombing. According to figures from the United Nations, more than 1,000 civilians were killed or wounded in explosions of assortment of explosive devices in the first half of the year.
July 31, 2018 More
Taliban insurgents intercepted several vehicles traveling along the Kabul-Gardez Highway in Ghafoorkhel area of southeastern Paktia province and kidnapped 22 male passengers According to the provincial police chief, police rescued six of the passengers and efforts were underway to release the rest. Thus fat the Taliban did not release any statement or demands for the release of the abductees. (pajhwok.com, 31 July 2018)
July 31, 2018 More
Unidentified militants attacked a refugee affairs government building in the eastern city of Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province. The attack started after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives device at the entrance to the building after which gunmen stormed the compound and engaged security forces in hours long firefight. At least 15 people were killed in the attack and 30 were wounded. Casualty number might rise higher as about 40 people appeared to have been caught inside the building, which caught fire early in the attack.
July 30, 2018 More
Taliban insurgents released 13 construction workers were freed in the southern Kandahar province following mediation of elders and locals. The workers were kidnapped on June 21 during and attack on a construction site in the Spin Boldak district of the province. During the attack four Afghan border police officers were killed. The Taliban have intensified armed attacks against security forces in the country since April 25 when they began their annual offensive. The insurgents advised civilians to stay away from official ports, military patrols and other points considered by them as legitimate targets of attacks. (xinhuanet.com, 30 July 2018)
July 30, 2018 More
An Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber targeted Hayat Khan, a local tribal elder and commander of local militia forces in the Behsood district of Nangarhar province. At least four people including Khan--who is considered a leading opponent of Islamic State in the region—were killed in the attack.  
July 28, 2018 More
Two gunmen stormed a midwife-training center in the eastern city of Jalalabad, Nangarha province. One of the attackers was killed early in the operation after detonating a suicide vest but a second held out for several hours before he was killed. A driver and two security guards were killed in the attack and seven people were wounded, while 63 other people, mostly women, were rescued unharmed from the compound, which contain a training facility and a student residence. The Islamic State, via its Amaq news agency, claimed responsibility for the attack.
July 24, 2018 More
Taliban insurgents kidnapped six health workers from Dawlatyar district of western Ghor province. The provincial Public health director Dr. Juma Yaqobi told reporters that the six were taken along with an ambulance while returning from Lal wa Sarjangal district’s hospital. The abductees included three female medical students. The provincial police have launched a search and rescue operation. The Taliban has not commented on the kidnapping thus far. (indiablooms.com, 24 July 2018)
July 18, 2018 More
Suspected Islamic State (IS) insurgents kidnapped at least 12 deminers working for a local company called AREA in the eastern Kunuar province. The incident happened at about 7 p.m. local time in Dara-e-Pech valley of Nangala district of the province as the workers were clearing an area of IEDs. The head of the provincial council in Kunar, said both local government officials and tribal elders are in negotiations to get the men freed. The AREA director, told reporters that abductees 12 included 10 deminers, a team leader and a doctor. (tolonews.com, 19 July 2018)
July 15, 2018 More
A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Kabul as civil servants were leaving work for the day. At least seven people were killed in the blast and 15 were wounded. The Islamic State, via its Amaq news agency, claimed responsibility for the attack.
July 12, 2018 More
More than 100 Taliban militants were reportedly killed in clashes with Afghan military forces in the eastern province of Paktia. The Taliban spokesman denied the government’s high casualty numbers and claimed that the military operations resulted in dozens of civilian casualties.
July 10, 2018 More
Hundreds of demonstrators in northern cities continued to protests in demand for the return of exiled vice President Abdul Rasheed Dostum. Rallies in northern provinces went into their seventh day following the arrest of a militia commander loyal to Dostum, who is currently exiled in Turkey after being accused of torturing and sexually assaulting a political opponent. The protestors tore down pictures of Ghani and threatened to cut highways and power lines bringing electricity from neighboring Uzbekistan to the capital Kabul if local police commander Nizamuddin Qaisari was not released.
July 10, 2018 More
At around 10:00 a.m. local time, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint adjunct to a gas station in the PD6 district of the eastern city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province. At least 12 people, including two National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel, were killed in the blast, and four people were wounded. Several near by stores incurred damage and eight cars close to the explosion were also destroyed in a fire caused by the explosion. The Khorasan Province—the Islamic Statein Afghanistan- claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news agency.
July 07, 2018 More
Taliban militants have kidnapped two workers of a road construction firm in central Ghor province. Talking to reporters, Abdul Hai Khatibi, the governor’s spokesman, said that fighters under Sheikh Omar, a Taliban commander, kidnapped the workers and took them to the Tlo Sarkh locality. A resident of Lashkar Rah village of Ferozkoh, the provincial capital, said the workers were kidnapped after their construction company failed to give the Taliban promised money for not targeting the project upon until its completion. Another source quoted the Taliban as saying they would not release the workers until their firm paid the money. (pajhwok.com, 8 July 2018)
July 01, 2018 More
A suicide bomber targeted a vehicle carrying members of the Sikh community in Mukhaberat Square in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar. The group was on the way to meet President Ashraf Ghani, who was in the city to open a hospital. At least 20 people were killed in the blast and 20 were wounded. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
June 30, 2018 More
President Ashraf Ghani ordered an end to the government’s ceasefire with the Taliban. The government and the Taliban previously arranged a ceasefire for the Eid holiday from 15-17 June. While the government unilaterally extended the ceasefire beyond that date, but the Taliban did not follow suit.
June 30, 2018 More
Suspected Islamic State (IS) militants’ beheaded three attendants and set on fire a boys’ school in Nangarhar province. According to the the education department the school administrative offices and the school library were completely burnt. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Islamic State announced last month that it will target schools in Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, where the militants have established their main stronghold.
June 22, 2018 More
Taliban insurgents have kidnapped 33 workers of a road construction company in southern Kandahar province. According to the governor’s spokesman, the militants had taken hostage 13 engineers and twenty private security guards during an attack on a road site between Spin Boldak and Shorabak districts. Four security personnel were later killed during an attempt by security forces to rescue the abductees. (khaama.com, 22 June 2018 & pajhwok.com, 23 June 2018)
June 17, 2018 More
The Taliban announced it would not extend the ceasefire with the government, despite President Ashraf Ghani’s announcement of an extension to the government unilateral ceasefire for 10 days. A three-day ceasefire was in place for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, during which Taliban insurgents traveled throughout the country and interacted with Afghan forces and civilians. The Taliban reiterated that peace talks will take place only after all foreign forces leave the country.
June 11, 2018 More
At approximately 1p.m. local time, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives device at t the gate of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) in the Darulaman area of Kabul. At leas 13 people were killed and 26 were wounded in the blast. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. 
June 11, 2018 More
At least 10 Afghan soldiers were killed and five others wounded when Taliban insurgents attacked joint security checkpoints in the Aaq Tipa locality in the northern Qala-e-Zal district of Kunduz province.
June 10, 2018 More
Intelligence officers found and seized 156 sacks, weighting nearly eight tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which is widely used in making explosives, from the back of a vegetable truck crossing from Pakistan at the Torkham border, located about 72 km/45 miles southeast of Jalalabad.
June 09, 2018 More
The Taliban announced a surprise three-day ceasefire during the Eid al-Fitr holiday from 12 June to 14 June, but excluded foreign forces from the ceasefire. The announcement came days after the government declared unilateral ceasefire of its own.
June 06, 2018 More
An IED detonated near the door of a voter registration center in the city of Pul-e-Khumri, located in the northern Baghlan province. At least six people were killed in the blast and two were wounded. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing.
June 05, 2018 More
Afghan security forces reportedly cleared the Dasht-e-Qala district, located in the northern Takhar province, of Taliban militants following a weeklong military operation. At least 40 militants were killed and 36 were injured during the operation. The military did not release the number of casualties among the security forces who participated in the offensive.
June 05, 2018 More
Unknown armed men kidnapped a female candidate for district council elections in Darqad district of northern Takhar province. The woman identified only as Fazila was traveling to provincial capital Taluqan city in the late afternoon when suspected Taliban militants intercepted her car and took away along with her brother to unknown location. A provincial government spokesman confirmed the kidnapping and stated that efforts are underway to ensure the safe release of the two. The Taliban, which control parts of Darqad district and adjoining areas have not commented on the kidnapping. The elections for the Wolesi Jirga, or Lower House of parliament, and district councils are scheduled for October 20 and since opening the voters' registration on April 14, over a dozen centers for voters' registrations have been attacked. (xinhuanet.com, 6 June 2018)
June 04, 2018 More
A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed 14 people near a gathering of Muslim clerics in the Kabul after they had issued a fatwa against suicide bombings. The bomber detonated  his explosives at the entrance to a giant tent, near residential buildings in the west of Kabul, after most the clerics had already left. The bomb killed seven clerics, four security officers and three people whose identities were unknown. Via an online statement the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
June 01, 2018 More
Taliban high ranking commanders denied that they were negotiating a ceasefire with government officials. The commanders accused the U.S. of making “false claims,” and stated that they do not engage in any secret negotiations. They restated that the U.S. must withdraw its military forces before they will engage in dialogue. 
May 31, 2018 More
U.S. military officials reported that high-ranking Taliban commanders have been involved in discussions with Afghan government officials over a ceasefire. It is unclear at what stage the negotiations were at or what conditions each side was demanding before reaching a ceasefire agreement. Despite the talks clashes and attacks are likely to continue throughout the country.
May 23, 2018 More
At around 2:30 p.m. a magnetic bomb attached to a police vechicle exploded in the Kampani area of Kabul. Two police officers and a civilian were wounded in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
May 22, 2018 More
At least 16 people, including four security personnel, were killed and 30 were wounded in an explosion of minibus VBIED it the southern city of Kandahar the capital of Kandahar Province. Local authorities said that the intelligence agency, the National Directorate for Security, had found out about the VBIED that was parked at an auto repair garage in the center of the city and exploded as two of its bomb disposal experts were trying to defuse along with two police officers who were guarding the scene. Security officials said that the bomb was so large that if it had detonated outside, it would have caused much more damage. It was also packed with suicide vests, and the authorities said they believed it was meant to be used in an attack during the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
May 21, 2018 More
Taliban insurgents killed at least five members of a demining team in the Maiwand district of the southern Kandahar province. A sixth worker was missing and his fate is unknown. The deminers were working for the TAPI national project, clearing a segment for a planned gas pipeline from central Asia that's headed to Pakistan and India through Afghanistan.
May 21, 2018 More
Taliban insurgents killed at least five members of a demining team in the Maiwand district of the southern Kandahar province. A sixth worker was missing and his fate is unknown. The deminers were working for the TAPI national project, clearing a segment for a planned gas pipeline from central Asia that's headed to Pakistan and India through Afghanistan.
May 18, 2018 More
At approximately 2330 local time, multiple IED explosions targeted spectators at a soccer stadium in the eastern city of Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar Province while it hosted a cricket match for the “Ramadan Cup.” According to the he United Nations assistance mission in the country four explosions took place, two inside the stadium and two outside, apparently timed to hit those fleeing the initial blast. At least eight people were killed and 50 were wounded.
May 17, 2018 More
Taliban fighters have attacked several security posts in Ghazni, Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces killing 16 security personnel. In the remote Ajristan district of Ghazni, the Taliban killed nine soldiers and wounded seven others. At least 25 Taliban fighters were also killed. In the Maruf district of Kandahar province the insurgents killed five police officers and wounding six, while 12 Taliban were killed and 18 wounded. In the southern Uruzgan province two police officers were killed.
May 08, 2018 More
The son of Syed Mujibullah Sadat, the acting head of the High Office of Oversight and Anti-corruption (HOOAC) for Kunduz province announced the release of his father 48 days after he kidnapped. Unknown armed men kidnapped Sadat in Kunduz’s Imam Sahib district and demanded an undisclosed ransom amount in return for his release. During his captivity the kidnappers cut four of his fingers to press his family to pay the ransom. Talking to reporters his son confirmed his release but did not provide other details about his father’s release, which was also confirmed by Kunduz province governor’s spokesman. (Pajhwok.com, 24 June 2018)
May 06, 2018 More
Seven Indian engineers and their Afghan driver working for a power plant in northern Baghlan province were intercepted and kidnapped by unknown gunmen as they were traveling to a government-run power station in a minibus. Two officials at the Indian embassy in Kabul confirmed the kidnapping of the engineers; all working for the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) that operates power-generating stations. Although no group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, local police suspect that Taliban insurgents carried out the abduction. Over 150 Indian engineers and technical experts are currently working across Afghanistan on large infrastructure projects.(reuters.com, 6 May 2018)
April 28, 2018 More
According to a statement released by the Nangarhar provincial local government, at least ten civilians who were kidnapped by the militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group have been rescued in eastern province. The civilians from the Cheni village, located in the Chaparhar district were abducted six days earlier and had been taken shifted to Haska Mina district. All ten abductees were rescued safely and have returned to their homes. At least two of the hostages were released on the same day they were kidnapped while three others were rescued on May 2 while the remaining five were rescued on May 3. Local officials in the Chaparhar district said that the IS militants are attempting to achieve compliance by the local populace by sparking fear among the local residents by kidnapping ordinary civilians. (khaama.com, 5 May 2018)
January 22, 2018 More
At around 6:10 a.m. local time, an unidentified group of gunmen intercepted a United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) vehicle and kidnapped a local female staffer and her driver in the Khair Khana neighborhood in northwest Kabul. Earlier reports said that the woman was on her way to drop off her son at his kindergarten before heading to work when they were intercepted and kidnapped. The body of an Afghan man was found dead inside the bulletproof vehicle, but according to th UNAMA the dead person was not an employee. Police investigators susspect the involvment of the driver in the kidnapping. (tolonews.com, 22 January 2018 & afghanistantimes.af, 22 January 2018)
January 20, 2018 More
At around 9 p.m. local time, six heavy armed gunmen wearing suicide vests, launched an attack on the luxury Intercontinental Hotel, located in the Karte Parwan neighborhood in western Kabul. The attack reportedly started at one of the hotel’s restaurants after the attackers entered the hotel from the kitchen. The gunmen than went room-to-room shooting at guests and hotel employees. About 14 hours after the attack began, security forces managed to kill the attackers. As result of the explosions, a fire broke out at the hotel, which damaged the top floor of the hotel. At least 43 people were killed in the attack; including 13 foreigners (nine Ukrainians, one German, one Greek and one Kazakh and two who have yet to be identified) and six other people were wounded. Investigators suspect that the attackers had inside help and are likely to focus on the private security company, which assumed responsibility for security at the hotel three weeks earlier. The interior minister accused the Pakistani-based Haqqani network, of being behind the attack, which was claimed by the Taliban. The attack came just two days after the U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a Security Alert warning of intelligence that extremist groups may be planning an attack on hotels in the city.
January 18, 2018 More
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a Security Alert, alerting American nationals it was aware of intelligence suggesting that extremist groups may be planning an attack against hotels in Kabul, such as the Hotel Baron near Hamid Karzai International Airport or public gatherings/demonstrations, government facilities, transportation, markets, and places where foreigners are known to congregate. The Embassy advised its nationals in Kabul to take the following actions: Keep a low profile Be aware of your surroundings and carry a charged cell phone Monitor local media for updates Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners Notify a trusted person of your travel and movement plans.
January 02, 2018 More
Five employees of the Public Health Department, including a woman, were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in the Allah Yar locality in the western Ghor province while administrating vaccination. The provincial Deputy Police Chief Ziaudin Saqib said the group was likely kidnapped by Taliban insurgents as the Yar area is under the Taliban control. Local leaders started communications with Taliban in attempt to gain their release. The Taliban have has not commented on the kidnapping reports and did not claim responsibility as it often do. (pajhwok.com, 2 January 2018)
January 01, 2018 More
Security forces in the Jalrez district of Maidan Wardak province rescued a 12-year-old boy, who was kidnapped by militants to conduct suicide attack, safely. According to Wardak provincial police spokesman, the Taliban kidnapped the boy, identified as Mohammad Muslim, from the Company neighborhood of Kabul five days earlier. The boy was reunited with this family. (afghanistantimes.af, 7 January 2018)
January 01, 2018 More
Afghan special forces have freed more 102 prisoners held by the Taliban, including five women, two children and three police officers, in an operation in the southern province of Helmand. According to the army spokesman, the hostages who were captured in different locations and times--some of them over a year ago-- were held in two prisons run by the militants in Kajaki district. During the operation at least four militants and four of the special forces soldiers were killed. The military official added that the prisoners were kept in bad conditions with a lack of proper food and health care and were tortured. (rferl.org, 31 May 2018)
December 26, 2017 More
National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives have rescued two kidnapping victims, Abdul Qadir and Rahmatullah and arrested their four suspected kidnappers during a raid on a house in Police District-13 in Kabul. The kidnappers reportedly confessed to have kidnapped the two businessmen for ransom and keeping them captives for ten days. (menafn.com, 6 January 2018)
October 30, 2017 More
A a statement released by the spokesman of the Taliban, states that Kevin King, one of two professors from the American University of Afghanistan who were kidnapped in Kabul last year, is seriously ill and needs urgent medical attention. According to the statement, King, an American, was suffering from “dangerous” heart disease and kidney problems, which has intensified. His feet have swollen and sometimes he becomes unconscious and his condition worsens every day. The spokesman added that the Taliban treated him but the insurgents are lacking medical facilities as they are in a state of war. The U.S. State Department called for the immediate and unconditional release of King and other hostages. Afghan and Western officials believe the Haqqani network, a militant group affiliated with the Taliban, is holding the two professors. (reuters.com, 30 October 2017)
October 28, 2017 More
Jalalabad police rescued an eight-year old boy and arrested two of his kidnappers. The boy was kidnapped outside his family home and taken to one of his kidnappers home in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province from where he was rescued. He said the busted group of kidnappers had earlier kidnapped a 17-year-teenager son of Qazi Ansarullah. Despite collecting 1.5 million afghanis in ransom they killed the teenager. (pajhwok.com, 4 November 2017)
October 21, 2017 More
A report by the Office of the Special Inspector-General for Afghanistan Reconstruction in the U.S., suggest that the area under poppy cultivation reached a record high in 2013. According to the report, 209,000 hectares (more than 516,000 acres) were devoted to poppy cultivation in 2013, surpassing the previous record of 193,000 hectares in 2007. According to the report, the reasons behind the increase are raising opium prices, which derived from poppy, an increase in cheap labor and affordable deep-well technology. In addition to various economic and social costs, poppy cultivation adversely affects Afghanistan’s security environment because it is a major source of funding for insurgent groups, such as the Taliban.
October 09, 2017 More
Kabul police rescued a 13-year-old teenager who had been kidnapped in the city’s Leesa-i-Maryam area under PD11 and held hostage for 13 days. The boy, identified as Mohammad Issa, was rescued during a night operation from a basement of a house in the city’s PD5 area. Eight suspects were arrested in connection with his kidnapping. The teenager, an eight-grade student was kidnapped by a group of men on October 9 while walking to school. The kidnappers covered his mouth and dragged me into a car where he was beaten and put in a sack. The kidnappers had demanded a $US1 million ransom, which was not paid.  The family called on the authorities to execute the kidnappers in public to prevent further kidnappings in the city. (tolonews.com,22 October 2017 & pajhwok.com, 22 October 2017)  
September 14, 2017 More
During news conference, the Foreign Minister confirmed the release of a female Finish aid worker who kidnapped in Kabul in May and held captive for 118 days. The minister added that his country paid no ransom for the woman’s release, as it would only encourage further kidnapping.  The minister gave no other details about circumstances of her release. The woman was working for a Swedish aid group in Kabul and during her abduction a German woman and an Afghan guard were killed. (reuters.com, 14 September 2017)
September 05, 2017 More
A five-year-old boy who was kidnapped in Kabul has been rescued during an operation carried out by agents from the National Directorate of Security agency. The boy, identified only as Hekmatullah, had been kidnapped from Bagrami district, southeast of Kabul, before being transferred to another province. The kidnappers had been demanding US$60,000 from the family in return for his release. Three people were arrested in Kabul in connection with the kidnapping. Kidnapping remains a major problem in Afghanistan, with most incidents involving ransom. (1tvnews.af, 7 September 2017)
September 05, 2017 More
The International Committee of the Red Cross announced the release of two of its staff members who were kidnapped on February 8. The two were kidnapped while delivering assistance in the northern Jawzjan province on the border with Turkmenistan. Six of their colleagues were killed in the attack, which prompted the ICRC to suspend operations in the country at the time. At the time of the attack, officials in the area blamed Islamic State gunmen but the ICRC said it would not comment on the identity of the abductors, their motives or details of the release. (reuters.com, 5 September 2017)
September 01, 2017 More
A trader, Haji Mohammad Ows, was killed after being abducted by unknown gunmen in Zaranj, the capital of southwestern Nimroz province. A security official, who refused to be named, said the trader was kidnapped from his workplace in Sistan Township and was killed later. (pajhwok.com,3 September 2017)
August 30, 2017 More
Two attackers one of them a suicide bomber attacked the home of a powerful member of parliament in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, Nangarhar province. Security guards shot the gunmen but the suicide bomber blew himself up at the gate killing two of the security guards. Via its affiliated Amaq news agency, the Islamic State claimed responsibility to the attack, which targeted the home of Zahir Qadir who is known to oppose both the Taliban and Islamic State. In 2015 militia fighters loyal to Qadir beheaded four Islamic State militants and displayed their severed heads on the side of a road in Nangarhar in retaliation for the beheading of four of their militia members.
August 29, 2017 More
At approximately 1000 local time, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a branch office of Kabul Bank, located near Massoud Square in close proximity to the U.S. embassy. At least five people were killed in the blast and eight were wounded. The blast also caused damage to nearby shops. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack claiming to have targeted soldiers and police officers withdrawing their salaries.
August 27, 2017 More
Two Taliban militants were killed and 10 civilians were wounded in an accidental blast in northern province of Kunduz. The militants forced villagers to stand around an area along a road in Kharkaran area of restive Chahar Dara district to use as a cover while they planted an IED, which accidentally exploded causing the casualties.
August 27, 2017 More
A suicide car bomb detonated a VBIED at a market in Nawa, a district in the center of the southern Helmand province. At least 13 people, including soldiers and civilians, were killed and 18 wounded in the blast. Though no group claimed responsibility for the attack, the Taliban, has carried out regular suicide attacks in the restive province.
August 24, 2017 More
A Pakistani engineer, Malik Faiz Ahmed, who had been kidnapped in Afghanistan was released and returned to his home in Rawalpindi after 105 in captivity. Though the Pakistani military claimed to have freed the man, no information regarding the circumstances of his release were made public and it is unclear if ransom was paid to gain his release. The engineer had been working for a construction company building the Torkham-Jalalabad road when unidentified gunmen kidnapped him on August 21. (dawn.com, 6 December 2017)
August 20, 2017 More
The bodies of three customs department staffers, aged between 40 and 50, were delivered to Herat morgue by villagers after their kidnappers killed them as their families were unable to meet their US$1 million ransom demand. The three from Herat’s Islam Qala district’s customs department were intercepted and kidnapped while driving from Islam Qala to Herat city on August 20. After killing the abductees in the village of Bai Mohammad in Kohsan district, the kidnappers told local residents to take the bodies of the three to their families. According to a local police official, police arrested nine people in connection with the kidnapping adding that a rescue operation was planned but before it was carried out, the hostages were killed. Herat-Islam Qala road was one of the most secure roads in the province, but recently kidnappings have significantly increased along the road. (tolonews.com, 19 September 2017)
August 19, 2017 More
Agents from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) of Security have rescued a five-year-old Afghan girl who was kidnapped in Kabul. The girl, identified as Nargis, was kidnapped nine days earlier from Police District 7 of the city after she arrived from Australia with her family two months earlier to meet relatives and was taken out of the city following the kidnapping. In a statement, the NDS said that one person was arrested in the Chahar Asiab district of Kabul in connection with the kidnapping. The suspect, identified as Hamid, admitted that he kidnapped the girl to demand ransom from her family. (af.1tvmedia.com, 28 August 2017)
August 06, 2017 More
Wardak provincial police carried out a rescue operation during which an Indian engineer who was kidnapped two months earlier was freed. Police confirmed the report and said the rescue operation had been their fourth attempt to rescue the hostage.  The hostage, employed by an electricity construction company was working on the Turkmenistan power line project when armed men abducted him. No further details were released. (tolonews.com, 8 October 2017)
July 31, 2017 More
A video showing a Finnish woman kidnapped in Kabul in May has circulated on social media. The Foreign Ministry has requested that no material connected to the kidnapping be disseminated - on social media or otherwise - as that could endanger the kidnapped woman and worsen her situation. In the video, the woman speaking in English and requesting help from the Christian community asking that money be paid to her kidnappers to secure her release. (yle.fi, 31 July 2017)
July 26, 2017 More
Security forces recovered two Pakistani diplomats who were kidnapped in the eastern province of Nangahar. The two were based in a consulate office in the provincial city of Jalalabad, were kidnapped on June 16 as they traveled by road back to Pakistan. According to Pakistan's foreign ministry, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani personally called the Pakistani charge d'affaires in Kabul to give the news of the operation, though the circumstances of their recovery were not made public. (reuters.com, 26 July 2017)
July 21, 2017 More
Seventy locals were kidnapped from three different villages in Shah Wali Kot district along the Kandahar-Tarinkot highway in the southern Kandahar province and at least seven were executed over their alleged cooperation with the government and the security forces. Kandahar provincial police accused the Taliban of the mass kidnapping. Around 30 villagers have been released but at least 30 others remain missing. The militant has not commented on the mass kidnapping or executions. (eo.tv/lates, 22 July 2017)
July 21, 2017 More
Taliban militants have reportedly killed at least seven villagers after kidnapping 70 of them from their homes along the Kandahar-Tarinkot highway- the main highway-- in the southern Kandahar province. Afghan officials say some 30 villagers have been released while 30 are still missing. The motive of kidnappings is unclear. Islamist militants usually abduct government officials and security personnel for ransom or to bargain for the release of detained jihadist. Local media claims the Taliban accused villagers of cooperating with the authorities. On July 23 police launched a search and rescue operation to recover the missing villagers. (dw.com, 23 July 2017)
July 11, 2017 More
Afghan authorities recovered the bullet-riddled bodies of seven passengers kidnapped by gunmen in the western province of Farah a day earlier, in an attack police blamed on Taliban insurgents. The militants closed a highway connecting provincial capital Farah to Herat city, stopping a bus and forced 16 of the passengers to dismount. The militants’ shot the seven while the remaining nine were taken away to an undisclosed location. Government forces launched an operation to free the hostages and open the highway, recovered the bodies of the six civilians and that of a police officer. Highways around Afghanistan passing through insurgency-prone areas have become exceedingly dangerous, with the Taliban and other armed groups frequently kidnapping or killing travelers. (dawn.com, 13 July 2017)
June 28, 2017 More
Unidentified militants attempted to kidnap an officer of the Afghan national army in the Qala-e-Safid area in Khoshi district of the central Logar province, close to capital Kabul. The officer was traveling in a vechicle when the militants intercepted him and attempted to abduct him. The officer managed to reach his weapon and shoot at the militants killing one of them after which he sped away. (khaama.com, 29 June 2017)
June 21, 2017 More
The Taliban released a video showing the American and Australian professors, in which the two asked their governments to help negotiate a prisoner exchange with their captors to secure their release. Kevin King, a teacher at the American University in Kabul, and his Australian colleague Timothy Weeks were seized near the campus in August 2016. As a proof of life, the two stated that the video was made on 16 June. The video was distributed by the Taliban's main spokesman and circulated on social media sites. It follows a similar video of the two men, which the Taliban released in January. (reuters.com, 21 June 2017)
June 17, 2017 More
According to Kabul's Crime Investigation Department chief, an American foreign national worker was intercepted and kidnapped outside his house in the capital’s PD3 in Kati Char district. The official added that the kidnappers posed in Afghan security forces and wore uniforms in order to trick the victim, whose name has not been released, into stopping his vehicle. Though the victim initially was said to by from Kenya, he was later identified as an American working for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. (startribune.com, 18 June 2017 & abcnews.go.com, 18 June 2017 & tolonews.com, 18 June 2017)
June 16, 2017 More
According to Pakistan's foreign office, two of the country diplomats serving in nation’s consulate in the eastern city of Jalalabad went missing as they drove back to Pakistan. The officials disappeared while traveling between the Torkham border crossing and Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province. According to the ministry, their disappearance was reported to the relevant Afghan authorities for their safety and recovery and sent three investigation groups to ensure the officials' safe return. Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been tense in recent years, with both countries accusing each other of not doing enough to tackle Pakistani and Afghan Taliban who continue to carry out attacks in both countries. (aljazeera.com, 18 June 2017)
June 15, 2017 More
Afghan police have arrested members of a human trafficking gang as they transferred 25 kidnapped children into Pakistan, where they were to be trained as suicide bombers for the Afghan Taliban. Police arrested four alleged traffickers who were transporting the children in two vans during a security operation in the in the Qarabagh and Ab Band districts of the southeastern province of Ghazni which is largely controlled by the Taliban. According Ghazni Governor, the children were aged between 4 and 14 were drugged and found in a bad physical and psychological state. They were placed in an orphanage in the provincial capital where they went under medical checkups and treatment. The governor stated that he believed the children were all Ghazni residents, although police is still trying to locate their families. The Taliban have been accused of recruiting and using children as fighters since the 1990s. (rferl.org, 10 July 2017)
June 06, 2017 More
An IED hidden in a motorcycle parked outside outside the Jama Masjid mosque in the western city of Heart, Herat province exploded during a funeral service at the mosque. At least 10 people were killed in the blast and 15 were wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
June 06, 2017 More
At 11:30 local time, a rocket struck a tennis court at the Indian diplomatic guesthouse in Kabul's Shash Darak district. No one was injured in the blast, which took place as international officials were holding a meeting in the Green Zone to discuss ways to build peace in the country.
June 05, 2017 More
Based on a tip-off, police conducted an operation and rescued a kidnapping victim identified as Syed Wali and arrested his kidnappers. Wali was reported kidnapped a week earlier. According to Police chief, Lt. Gen. Abdur Rahman Rahimi, Wali who was kidnapped a week earlier is a resident of Kama district but recently moved to the Beland Ghar area of Behsud district, was taken by his kidnappers to Dar-i-Noor district where he was rescued. (pajhwok.com, 5 June 2017)
June 04, 2017 More
Taliban insurgents fired at least seven rockets into the city of Kunduz, the provincial capital of Kunduz province, wounding fivecivilians. The attack was part of a broader and ongoing Taliban offensive on Kunduz province.
June 03, 2017 More
At approximately 1530 local time, three suicide bombers set off explosions in Kabul's Khair Khana area during the funeral services for the son of the deputy Senate speaker, who was killed a day earlier during a demonstration in Kabul a day earlier at an anti-government demonstration. At least 19 people were killed and 87 wounded the bombings. The Taliban, who have intensified their attacks recently as part of their annual spring offensive, denied any involvement in the funeral blasts, citing dissident factions in the Afghan administration as the likely perpetrators.
June 03, 2017 More
At least 20 civilians were injured in a Taliban attack the northern Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province. At least 10000 families reportedly flee the district due to the ongoing Taliban offensive.
June 02, 2017 More
Seven people were killed and 10 were wounded in clashes between police and demonstrators in Kabul demanding the resignation of President Ashraf Ghani following the 31 May deadly bombing in the capital. Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the estimated 1000 demonstrators, who had gathered near the bombing site in the capital’s diplomatic district, after many of them started throwing stones at the police.
May 31, 2017 More
At around 8:30 a.m. local time, a suicide car bomber detonated a tanker truck VBIED near the Zanbaq Square in Kabul’s Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic district. The powerful blast, took place near the German, Indian and French embassies, resulted in massive damage to the German embassy and destroyed more than 50 vehicles. Residential buildings located as far as 1 km/ 0.5 mile from the blast site also suffered material damage. At least 150 people were killed in the blast and over 460 were wounded. While authorities blamed the Taliban affiliated Haqqani network, the Taliban denied involvement in the bombing and warned the government against any retaliatory actions against the group.
May 30, 2017 More
A kidnapping victim was rescued  from his kidnappers during a police opertion in the Dar-i-Noor district. Police chief, Lt. Gen. Abdur Rahman Rahimi identfied the victimas  Syed Wali who had been kidnapped a week earlier. Based on a tip-off, police conducted an operation and released the captive, a resident of Kama district, who currently live in the Beland Ghar area of Behsud district, Nangarhar Province. His mother thanked the security personnel for rescuing her son. Rahimi added one of the kidnappers had been arrested and was under interrogation. (pajhwok.com, 5 June 2017)
May 26, 2017 More
At around 01:30 local time, Taliban insurgents attacked an Afghan army base in the in the Shah Wali Kot district in the southern province of Kandahar, killing at least 15 soldiers and five others were wounded. The attack was the second to take place in the same district within three days. The Taliban, has increased attacks in Kandahar following its attacks in neighboring Oruzgan, Helmand, and Zabul provinces, is now in control of a third of Afghanistan, after gaining ground in the past two years.
May 26, 2017 More
A suicide car bomber detonated a VBIED in the eastern city of Khost located in Khost province near the border with Pakistan. At least 13 people have been killed in the explosion, which targeted police vehicles in the city center. A public bus station, which bore most of the force of the blast, was destroyed. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
May 21, 2017 More
Taliban insurgents attacked an Afghan army base in Shah Wali Kot district in the southern Kandahar province, located about 450km/ 280 miles south of Kabul. At least 10 soldiers were killed in the attack and nine were wounded. The attackers reportedly arrived from the neighboring province of Zabul where Taliban fighters killed 20 Afghan police officers a day earlier.
May 21, 2017 More
At least 20 Afghan police officers were killed and 14 others were wounded in coordinated attacks by Taliban militants on security checkpoints in the Chino and Ghulam Rabat areas in the Shah Joy district of Zabul province, located about 70 km/45 miles from Qalat, the provincial capital. Dozens of Taliban fighters were also reported killed and wounded in the attacks. Fighting was also reported in the Dai Chopan district of the province, but the extent of casualties was unknown.
May 21, 2017 More
At around 11:30 p.m. local time, unidentified gunmen attacked a guesthouse run by the Swedish NGO Operation Mercy in the Ayoub Khan Mena, in PD7 in Kabul. The gunmen killed a German woman and beheaded an Afghan guard before fled the scene taking with them a female aid worker from Finland. The Finnish foreign ministry confirmed that a Finnish national had been kidnapped in Afghanistan but had no further comment. (reuters.com, 21 May 2017)
May 21, 2017 More
At around 11:30 p.m. local time, unidentified gunmen attacked a guesthouse run by the Swedish NGO Operation Mercy in the Dar-ul-Aman area of Kabul. The gunmen killed a German woman and beheaded an Afghan guard before fled the scene taking with them a female aid worker from Finland. The Finnish foreign ministry confirmed that a Finnish national had been kidnapped in Afghanistan but had no further comment.
May 21, 2017 More
Gunmen stormed a bank in the city of Gardez, the capital of the eastern Paktia province and opened fire, killing two police officers and one bank employee, and wounding 31 others before being shot dead by security forces. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, which authorities treat as a terrorist attack.
May 19, 2017 More
The Taliban have kidnapped the legal advisor for the Raghistan district of northeastern Badakhshan province. According to the a district chief ,Mulavi Abdul Hameed Shahab, was forced down his car as he was driving from Faizabad to Raghistan district in Shaiber area and taken to an undisclosed location by the insurgents. (pajhwok.com, 20 May 2017
May 19, 2017 More
The Taliban have kidnapped Mulavi Abdul Hameed Shahab the legal advisor for the Raghistan district of northeastern Badakhshan province. Shahab was intercepted and kidnapped while on his way from Faizabad to Raghistan district in Shaiber area. He was forced out of his car and taken to an undisclosed location by the insurgents. (pajhwok.com, 20 May 2017)
May 17, 2017 More
At approximately 10:00 a.m., local time, five gunmen attacked the National Radio Television in Afghanistan (RTA) station in the city of Jalalabad, the capital of the eastern province of Nangarhar. Two of the militants blew themselves up while the others engaged security forces in a prolonged firefight. Security forces killed two of the remaining militants and captured the fifth. At least four of the station staffers and two police officers were killed in the attack and 14 people were wounded. The Khorasan Province--the Islamic State in Afghanitan claimed responsibility for the attack.
May 16, 2017 More
At least one civilian was killed and a dozen others, including three police officers, were wounded in back-to-back explosions in the city of Kandahar, the capital of southern Kandahar province. The first blast took place about 9 p.m. at the Sardar Madad Khan Square while the second blast occurred as police and residents rushed to the site of the first blast. A magnetic bomb attached to a parked vehicle caused the first blast, while the second was caused by an IED planted on a rickshaw caused the first explosion. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the twin blasts.
May 13, 2017 More
Two employees of Kabul’s water supply directorate were killed when a magnetic bomb attached to their vehicle exploded as they were traveling in the city’s 16th district. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
May 12, 2017 More
Afghan military sources stated that they have cleared the Kunduz-Takhar highway in northern Afghanistan after eight days of fighting with Taliban insurgents. The military earlier stated that it had managed to push back the Taliban approximately 2 km/ 1.25 mile over from the city.
May 12, 2017 More
According to the Defense Ministry, government troops recaptured the Zebak district of the northeastern province of Badakhshan after two days of fighting. The Taliban captured the district on 26 April.
May 06, 2017 More
Taliban militants captured the Qala-i-Zal district just outside the northern city of Kunduz. According to a police spokesman for eastern Afghanistan, security forces had pulled out the western district to avoid civilian and military casualties after more than 24 hours of heavy fighting. In the past 18 months, Taliban insurgents have twice seized the central Baghlan district of Kunduz for brief periods. According to U.S. estimates, government forces currently control only around 60% of the country, with the rest either controlled or contested by the insurgents, who seek to impose Islamic law after their 2001 ouster.
May 03, 2017 More
Two would be suicide bombers were killed during a brief firefight with security forces in the 4th district of Kandahar city in the southern Kandahar province. According to the provincial police spokesman, the militants were dressed in women Burqas and managed to take position in a nearby bakery and opened fire at a checkpoint for several minutes before they were shot and killed. A young girl was killed in the exchange of fire and passerby was wounded. Following the firefight officers discovered the explosives vests the two were wearing.
April 29, 2017 More
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a Security Message regarding continued serious threats to safety and security in the capital Kabul and throughout Afghanistan. The threat of kidnapping and attacks against guesthouses popular with westerners is high. Militant groups often plan attacks against locations and individuals with Afghan and possible American connections from all sectors. The embassy warned US nationals that travel to all areas of Afghanistan remains unsafe due to the ongoing risk of kidnapping, hostage taking, military combat operations and other security related occurrences.
April 28, 2017 More
The Taliban announced the beginning of their annual spring offensive, which will include a mix of conventional, guerrilla and suicide attacks on Afghan and foreign forces. The Taliban named the offensive Operation Mansoori after Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, the Taliban leader who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in late May 2016. The readiness of the Afghan armed forces to is questionable in light the recent attack on a military base in Mazar-i-Sharif in which at least 160 soldiers were killed and forced the defense minister and army chief of staff to resign.
April 27, 2017 More
At around10: 30 a.m. local time, an IED attached to a bicycle exploded in a main square in Bati Kot District of the eastern Nangarhar province. At least 15 civilians were injured in the blast. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but both the Taliban and Islamic State militant groups have presence in parts of the province, located about 120 km/ xx miles east of Kabul.
April 12, 2017 More
A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the presidential palace's administrative affairs office ilocated in Kabul's District N.2 during the afternoon rush hour as when ministry employees left work for the day. At least five people were killed in the bombing and 10 were wounded. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack through its news agency Amaq.
April 11, 2017 More
Kabul police have rescued a 12-year-old boy, son of a businessman, almost three weeks after he was kidnapped. The boy was kidnapped 20 days earlier while he was walking to school and was held under harsh conditions. According to the boy’s father, Mohammad Ismail, the kidnappers had demanded US$2 million in return for releasing his son. According to the Criminal Investigation Department chief at the Interior Ministry, four people were involved in the kidnapping, one of whom was arrested. He said efforts were underway to arrest the remaining three as well. (1tvnews.af, 1 May 2017)
April 01, 2017 More
A Taliban suicide VBIED bomber killed a regional base commander and two soldiers in the in Mando district of the southeastern province of Khost. The powerful blast also wounded six students from a nearby school. A Taliban spokesman claimed that the commander was targeted because he was a partner of U.S. forces and had worked closely with them in the region.
March 21, 2017 More
The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) expressed deep concern over the kidnapping of four traders since March 21. The trader’s representative body said the four businessmen had been kidnapped by gunmen in police uniform and warned traders and investors would leave the country if such incidents continued. Atiqullah Nasrat, chief operating officer at ACCI, told a round table discussion, that the four traders were kidnapped in Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan, Khair Khana and Sabzi Mandavi area of Kabul. He expressed concern over the incidents and said one of the traders was kidnapped from his residence. More than a hundred cases of traders’ kidnapping took place in Kabul, Herat, Nangarhar and Kandahar provinces between 20 March 2016 and  20 March 2017, the ACCI said. Kabul police spokesman confirmed  the kidnapping of the four traders and said that the police had taken serious measures after the incidents. He said several suspects had been detained in connection with kidnappings  which were under investigation. (pajhwok.com, 29 March 2017)
March 17, 2017 More
A suicide car bomber detonated a VBIED at a building of the Afghan army in Yaqobi district in southeastern Khost province. One soldier was killed in the blast and 29 other people, including 16 civilians, were wounded. The powerful blast reportedly damaged 40 homes, four mosques, one seminary and one high school buildings. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
March 17, 2017 More
A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the residence of a the Director of Haj and Religious Affairs for eastern Nangarhar province in the village of Hajarat, located in Surkh Rod district of the eastern province of Nangarhar. The director’s brother was killed in the blast and injured five other people Authorities also arrested two other would-be bombers at the scene.
March 14, 2017 More
Afghan officials announced the release of an Australian aid worker employed by the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR) who had been kidnapped in Kabul in November 2016. The woman, who is an Australian citizen of Pakistani descent, was handed over to to representatives of the Australian embassy. No information regarding the circumstances of her release was made public or whether ransom was paid to gain her freedom. (cnn.com, 15 March 2017)
March 11, 2017 More
Three militants attacked the Khost military airbase, located in southeastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border. Authorities killed one gunman as the group attempted to enter the airbase, but the other two entered the facility and exchanged fire with security forces until they were killed on March 12.
March 10, 2017 More
Two renegade police officers killed eight of their colleagues in the southeastern province of Zabul and defected to the Taliban with the weapons and equipment. According to Zabul Governor, the two poisoned the officers and than shot and killed them. The Taliban's main spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied that the two poisoned their colleagues, saying that they had "prepared the way" for other fighters to attack the checkpoint.
March 08, 2017 More
Three gunmen, disguised as medical staff, stormed the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan military Hospital, located in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood of Kabul after a suicide bomber below himself up at the complex's south gate. The gunmen engaged in a gun battle with security forces for nearly seven hours, until they were killed. At least 49 people were killed in the attack and 63 wounded. The Islamic State in Khorasan claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq News Agency. The hospital is the country’s largest military medical facility and is located near multiple government buildings and foreign embassies, including the U.S. Embassy.
March 08, 2017 More
Three gunmen, disguised as medical staff, stormed the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan military Hospital, located in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood of Kabul after a suicide bomber below himself up at the complex's south gate. The gunmen engaged in a gun battle with security forces for nearly seven hours, until they were killed. At least 33 people, including doctors, patients and hospital staff, were killed in the attack and 66 wounded. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq News Agency. The hospital is the country’s largest military medical facility and is located near multiple government buildings and foreign embassies, including the U.S. Embassy.
March 04, 2017 More
The 12 kidnapped school teachers and two officials of the Ministry of Education who were kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) militants in Nangarhar were released unharmed by their captors. The schoolteachers were kidnapped from Mashar Mullah School in Haska Mina district in the province. The abductees were released due to effort by security forces and tribal elders in the province. The IS militants’ have increased their activities in parts of Nangarhar province particularly in Kot district where they kidnapped dozens of civilians last year. (tolonews.com, 4 March 2017)
March 01, 2017 More
The Taliban claimed responsibility for coordinated attacks on security facilities in two areas of Kabul. In the first attack a suicide bomber detonated a VBIED outside a police station in the capital’s 6th district after which several gunmen entered the building and exchanged fire with police officers. Two militants also attempted to storm a facility of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the Arzan Qeemat area of the city. One blew himself up at the entrance to the building and the other was shot dead by security guards. At least 15 people, including 11 civilians, were killed in the attacks and 50 were wounded.
February 27, 2017 More
A police officer shot and killed 11 of his colleagues at a checkpoint in the southern Helmand province. The officer then stole all the ammunition and weapons that were available at the facility. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.
February 26, 2017 More
A roadside bombing targeted a police vehicle in the Almar district of the northern province of Faryab. One police officer was killed another was wounded as well as 15 civilians, was wounded. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
February 24, 2017 More
Ten police officers and the wife of a police commander were killed as they came out of a mosque in the Darzab district in the northern province of Zawzjan. A local police commander was among the dead and his wife was also killed as she rushed to the scene. Four militants were killed and six were wounded in the firefight with other police officers. Local officials blamed the Islamic State (IS) militants, though the Taliban claimed responsibility.
February 22, 2017 More
An IED hidden on a motorbike detonated at a market in Jani Khel district of the southeastern province of Paktika. At least four people were killed in the blast and more than 20 wounded. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack
February 20, 2017 More
Unknown men hurled two hand-grenades into a house in Badpakh district of Laghman province killing at least 10 people wounded four. The motive behind the attack remained unknown and no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack. According to the UN mission in the country more than 3,490 civilians were killed and over 7,920 injured in conflict-related incidents across Afghanistan during 2016.
February 17, 2017 More
Taliban insurgents kidnapped the head of the northeast River Zone in Northern Baghlan province, Eng. Mohammad Naeem Nawabi. Baghaln police said Nawabi was intercepted and kidnapped along with his driver on Haji Darwesh Street in Pul-e-Khomre city, the capital of Baghlan province while on his way to Samangan province. The two were taken to Dand-e-Shahabuddin area of Baghlan province. One of Nawabi’s family members said they are trying to get him released through the meditation of local tribe elders. Taliban has not commented on the kidnapping. (tolonews.com, 19 February 2017)
February 15, 2017 More
Unidentified gunmen kidnapped 52 farmers, most of whom are members of the minority Uzbek community, from three villages located in the Darz Ab district of the remote northern province of Jowzjan. The farmers were kidnapped while working their land. No further details are available about the kidnapping. Provincial police blamed Taliban militants that control most of the district for the mass abduction. The official added that local elders will negotiate with the Taliban the release of the abductees, and if this does not work, police will launch an operation (af.reuters.com, 15 February 2017)
February 11, 2017 More
A suicide car bomber detonated a VBIED at a security post outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, the capital of southern Helmand province. At least five soldiers were killed in the blast and over 24 people, including civilians, were injured. The Taliban claimed the responsibility for the attack.
February 11, 2017 More
A magnetic bomb, attached to a vehicle, exploded near the Ministry of Defense in Kabul. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which caused no casualties.
February 08, 2017 More
Six Afghan staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were shot and killed and two others kidnapped. The ICRC convoy was attacked as it was traveling in the Dasht-e Leili desert on their way to distribute livestock other supplies to areas that had been hard hit by heavy snowfall in a remote district of Jowzjan province. According to the provincial governor, three of the humanitarian agency’s employees and three drivers were shot at close range while two others were unaccounted for and believed to have been kidnapped by Islamic State militants. ICRC staffers usually travels in marked vehicles and do not ask for official security. Despite worsening violence and occasional attacks against international relief agencies, the Red Cross has generally been allowed to operate even in militant-controlled areas, thanks to its reputation for impartiality. (latimes.com, 8 February 2017)
February 07, 2017 More
According to media reports a Western couple kidnapped by the Taliban could have been freed if their family had been allowed to pay a US$150,000. Canadian Joshua Boyle, 33, from Toronto, and his American wife Caitlan Coleman, 31, from Pennsylvania, were taken hostage while travelling in northern Afghanistan in 2012. In December last year they appeared in a chilling new video alongside their two children, believed to be aged four and two, who were born in captivity. According to a report by Vox, a Taliban representative told US military negotiators they would free the Coleman family in exchange for a ransom of $150,000. The military handed the details to the FBI – which oversees foreign kidnapping cases involving US citizens - but the agency never followed on it. In the latest video, the couple begged for their governments to intervene on their behalf. Coleman - sitting with her two young children - urged them to reach a deal to secure the family's freedom. (dailymail.co.uk, 7 February 2017)
February 06, 2017 More
Shortly before 15:50 p.m. local time, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the car park of the Supreme Court building, located in Kabul’s Macroryan area. At least 20 people were killed in the blast and 41 others were wounded. The attack took place as the court employees were leaving for the day. The death toll is likely to rise as at least 10 of the wounded are in critical condition.
February 02, 2017 More
Two doctors, working for the Public Health Department, were intercepted and kidnapped by suspected militants in northwestern Badghis province while on their way to a clinic in Qadis district. A provincial official blamed the Taliban for the kidnapping. (pajhwok.com, 2 February 2017)
January 28, 2017 More
The beheaded body of a young man was found weeks after his abduction in Khashrod district of the northwestern Nimroz province. Unknown gunmen intercepted the vechicle in which the victim was traveling along with three other men from Khashrod district to Zaranj city, the provincial capital three weeks earlier. A local official accused the Taliban militants of kidnapping and beheading the man adding that the fate of the three others, residents of Helmand province, remain unknown. The victim was was the brother of Khashrod police chief who had been sentenced to jail for negligence in duty. (pajhwok.com, 18 February 2016)
January 15, 2017 More
Suspected Islamic State militants kidnapped 12 teachers and two other staff of a religious school in the eastern province of Nangarhar. The teachers were taken from a school in Haska Mina district during an examination, the education department in the provincial capital Jalalabad said. Kidnapping for both criminal ransom and political gain remain a persistent problem in the country. (nation.com.pk, 16 January 2017)
January 01, 2017 More
Taliban militants have kidnapped an officers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces and an Afghan National Police (ANP) in western Herat province. According to the local government officials, the two officers were stopped by the insurgents in Chesht district as they were traveling in a private vehicle on their way to Herat city. The Taliban has not commented regarding the report so far. The group often conducts insurgency activities by carrying out direct attacks, road side bombings, and establishing check posts to kidnap those working for the government. (khaama.com, January 1, 2017) 
December 20, 2016 More
An Iranian national, Javad Mohammadi, kidnapped on December 20 in the western province of Heart, was released and handed over to Iran’s Consulate in the province. Unknown gunmen kidnapped the man, a tanker truck driver, after intercepting him on the Herat-Islam-Qala Highway, via which Iranian trucks enter Afghanistan. His kidnapping marked the third kidnapping of an Iranian truck driver in the country over the past month. Another Iranian driver, whose fate is still unknown, was kidnapped a few days earlier on the same Highway. According to Herat police spokesman, five suspects in the driver’s kidnapping were detained while a sixth, who is believed to be the main suspect, is at large. During 2015, 8 to 10 Iranians truck drivers have been kidnapped on the same highway, mostly for ransom. In 2014, kidnappers killed an Iranian truck driver, Reza Samiee Fard, after his family could not afford his kidnappers US$150,000 ransom demand. People familiar with the issue link the incidents to the death of 13 Afghan citizens in Iran’s border areas in 2014 after which a group of Afghans gathered in front of Iran’s Consulate in Herat back then, vowing to create trouble for Iranian trucks passing the highway. (tehrantimes.com, 26 December 2016)
December 20, 2016 More
The Taliban Haqqani network released a new video showing a kidnapped American-Canadian couple, and for the firs time, their two young boys who were born in captivity. The video showed for the first time the two sons of Canadian Joshua Boyle and Caitlin Coleman, a U.S. citizen. Coleman, 31, was pregnant when the couple was abducted in 2012 inside Afghanistan while on a backpacking trip. In the video, Coleman begs for an end to their "Kafkaesque nightmare" and is critical of both the American and Canadian governments and the family's Haqqani captors. (reuters.com, 20 December 2016)
December 19, 2016 More
At around 11 a.m. local time, unidentified gunmen intercepted two vehicles of the International Red Cross as they traveled from Mazar-e-Sharif city to the northern city of Kunduz and kidnapped a Spanish employee of the charity organization, releasing three other local employees. Kunduz faces an intensifying Taliban insurgency as the militants in October overran its provincial capital for the second time in one year. Kidnapping of foreigners has been on the rise in Afghanistan recently, with criminal gangs staging abductions for ransom or handing the victims over to insurgent groups. (reuters.com, 19 December 2016 & thelocal.es, 20 December 2016)
December 17, 2016 More
Two unidentified gunmen on a motorbike fired at a van carrying female guards working at Kandahar airport. The driver and the five female passengers who were in charge of searching female travelers at the airport were killed. The five were working for a private security company. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
December 15, 2016 More
Unidentified gunmen assassinated an executive working at the Paygham Mili radio station in the Mohammad Agha district of the eastern Loghar province. The gunmen fired at the victim’s car as he was driving home from work. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, and the motive for the killing remains unknown.
December 14, 2016 More
A police officer shot and killed one foreigner and wounded another at a security checkpoint outside the Kabul airport. Authorities were investigating the incident but declined to comment on the nationalities of the individuals. Police stepped up security at the facility prior to the for the arrival of Afghan warlord Faryadi Zardad who was deported from the United Kingdom after serving a prison sentence for torture. Dozens of his supporters gathered at the airport to greet him.
November 30, 2016 More
Two rockets exploded between Shash Darak -- the diplomatic zone -- and Pul-e-Mahmood Khan in close proximity to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul’s diplomatic zone. It is unclear if the attack caused any damage or casualties.
November 26, 2016 More
At least six people were killed and 27 wounded in a coordinated series of IED explosions across the eastern city of Jalalabad the capital of Nangarhar province. The province, on the border with Pakistan, has been the main base for Islamic State militants who emerged in Afghanistan in 2015. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings.
November 23, 2016 More
The Afghan National Army (ANA) claimed to have rescued a number of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers who were taken captive by the Taliban militants a year earlier in northern Faryab province. The soldiers are belived to by from a group of 13 who were kidnapped after a helicopter belonging to the Afghan army made an emergency landing in Ghar Tepa area of the province. No further details were given regarding the exact number of the soldiers and circumstances surrounding their release. The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far. (khaama.com, 24 November 2016)
November 21, 2016 More
At around 1230 local time, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the Shiite Baqir-ul-Olum mosque in western Kabul. At the time of the bombing the mosque was attended by worshipers marking the end of a 40-day mourning period for the 7th century death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad. At least 32 people were killed in the blast and at least 85 others were wounded. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack via its media wing Amaq news agency.
November 20, 2016 More
Afghan security forces rescued a kidnapped man who was being held for 5 million Pakistan Rupees by a four men gang in the city of in Kandahar, Kandahar province. The man was rescued from a house in the vicinity of 6th police district of the city and his suspected kidnappers were arrested. (khaama.com, 21 November 2016)
November 18, 2016 More
According to a provincial official, a suspected U.S. drone strike killed Mullah Bozorg a senior Islamic State (IS) leader in the Lagharjo area of Kot district, Nangarhar province. Seven other militants were killed in the offensive.
November 15, 2016 More
Forty-two civilians kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) militants in Nangarhar province have been released after mediation by local authorities and tribal elders. The hostages, all men, were kidnapped  four months earlier in the Panchir-Agam district and then moved to border areas controlled by the IS, where they were released on Saturday, the official told Efe news. The 42 men, who had been held in two terrorist prisons, are in good health and have been sent home to reunite with their families. (canindia.com, 26 February 2017)
November 14, 2016 More
A disturbing video, showing a kidnapped a child identified only as Naweed has gone viral and is being shared in social media. In the video clip, the bare child is seeing crying and begs his mother to rescue him. According to reports, the child was kidnapped on October 6 outside his family house in the 3rd district of the city of Farah, the capital of Farah Province. The kidnappers have reportedly demanded a ransom of US$100,000 in return for his release. (khaama.com, 14 November 2016)
November 12, 2016 More
Local officials said the Taliban militants had demanded ransom in return for releasing the kidnapped drivers employed by Sterling Global Operations whom they abducted in Logar province. According to Khoshi district chief, the company had paid US$10,000 to the militants for releasing its workers, but the Taliban said they had not received the money. The official added that the Taliban had signed an agreement with Sterling Global Operations organization, allowing its workers to operate in Logar province. A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, denied the Taliban involvement in the kidnapping and added that the insurgents will find and punish the group using it name. The kidnapping marked the fifth time that Sterling Global Operations workers have been kidnapped in Logar, but they were released after spending some time in captivity. (pajhwok.com, 12 November 2016)
November 07, 2016 More
According to a Logar province official, suspected Taliban militants kidnapped four drivers of the Sterling Demining Afghanistan (SDA) demining firm along with their vehicles in the Barkano area of Khwashi district. The Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, denied that its fighters were involved in the kidnapping and said that the group allowed the SDA to work in Logar province. The spokesman added that other groups present themselves as members of the insurgent group and are involved in kidnapping and other crimes. (pajhwok.com, 8 November 2016)
November 05, 2016 More
Unidentified assailants intercepted and kidnapped a Pakistani born-Australian national at gunpoint in the Qala-i-Fatullah area of Kabul. It is not clear what happened to her Afghan driver. The victim in her late 40s was working for the non-governmental organization Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR). The Australian Embassy in Kabul stated that it is investigating the incident and declined to provide any further details. (reuters.com , 5 November 2016 & abcnews.go.com, 6 November 2016)
November 03, 2016 More
Two U.S. service members were killed in a firefight with the Taliban near the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, while assisting Afghan security forces’ operations to clear insurgent positions. A following airstrike called in to defend Afghan troops and their U.S. partners killed more than 30 civilians, according to Kunduz Governor Asadullah Amarkhel. A statement from the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan said all claims of civilian casualties would be investigated.
November 03, 2016 More
At around 2 p.m. a mortar shell hit a house where a wedding party was underway in Khawaja Sabz Posh district of northwestern Faryab province. At least seven people were killed in the blast and 10 others, including the bride, were wounded. According to a security official the number of the dead could be higher as relatives had taken some bodies home and some of the wounded were hospitalized in critical condition. It is unclear who launched the shell as at the time of the incident, a security operation codenamed “Zafar 19” was underway in the area.
October 31, 2016 More
Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for a suicide attack targeting a gathering of local elders from the from Pachiragam district of Nangarhar prvince who had gathered in the city of Jalalabad to a resolve a dispute between local people. While the IS claimed that 15 people were killed and 25 were wounded, a spokesman of the province governor said that four people were killed and seven others were wounded. The militant group, which operates mainly in Nangarhar, issued a picture of the suicide bomber and said he had opened fire on the gathering before detonating his explosive belt.
October 26, 2016 More
Taliban insurgents attacked Sorpal, Sherazi and Shater, as well as Maidan Shahr, the provincial capital of Wardak province, located about 45Km/ 30miles west of Kabul. The attacks have effectively cut off transportation on the Kabul-Kandahar highway.
October 26, 2016 More
Operatives of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) rescued a hostage in northern Balkh province for whose release the kidnappers demanded AFN 6 million in ransom for his release. The man identified only as Rafiullah twas kidnapped by two men near his family house in the Balkh province. (khaama.com, 27 October 2016)
October 19, 2016 More
Eight masked gunmen on four motorcycles intercepted and kidnapped 20 deminers, employed by Sterling Global Operations, as they were traveling in a minibus in the in Elyas village, Pul-i-Alam city, Logar province. The Governor’s spokesman confirmed the incident and said local tribal elders had been engaged to secure release of the abducted men. Workers of Sterling Global Operations had previously been kidnapped several times this year, but they were released after being held hostage for short periods of time. The demining organization has been operating in Pul-i-Alam and Mohammad Agha district of Logar over the past two years. (pajhwok.com, 19 October 2016)
October 19, 2016 More
Two Americans advisors were killed and three wounded by an Afghan soldier who opened fire at a military depot near Kabul. According to the United States military in Afghanistan, one of those killed was a soldier and the other a civilian. Of the three wounded, one was a soldier and the two others civilians. The attacker was shot and killed. No insurgent group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
October 18, 2016 More
A magnetic IED attached to a vehicle of an advisor to Muhammad Khan, the deputy chief executive officer, detonated in Kabul’s Taimani area. The blast injured one person; reports did not specify whether the victim was an occupant of the vehicle or a bystander. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.
October 16, 2016 More
Vice-President, General Abdul Rashim Dostum, escaped unhurt an ambush by Taliban insurgents on his convoy as he returned from overseeing fighting in his northern home Faryab province. Dostum, an ethnic Uzbek, was in an armored vehicle, when dozens of insurgents attacked the convoy, killing five security personnel. Several of the militants were also reportedly killed in the firefight. Dostum escaped a similar ambush in 2015 when about 20 insurgents opened fire on his convoy.
October 12, 2016 More
An IED explosion targeted Shiite worshipers marking the Ashura holiday outside a mosque, located about 20 km/12 miles from Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of the northern Balkh province. At least 14 people were killed in the blast and 24 others were wounded. The attack was the second to target the country's Shi'ite minority in less than 24 hours. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
October 11, 2016 More
Shortly before 8 p.m. local time, a gunman wearing a police uniform opened fire at worshipers in the Karte Sakhi Shrine, Kabul’s largest Shiite shrine, located in the capital’s PD3 area. The attacker detonated a suicide vest after firing all his ammunition, but police said they shot the man. At least 13 civilians and a police officer were killed in the attack and 43 other people were wounded. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
September 30, 2016 More
A woman is among four kidnapping suspects arrested by agents of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) intelligence agents as they collected a ransom of around US$25,000 for the release of a 4-year-old boy. According to the NDS, said the group was arrested at the vicinity of Lashkargah city, the provincial capital of restive Helmand province. (khaama.com, 1 October 2016)
September 08, 2016 More
US special forces carried out an unsuccessful rescue raid last month aimed at freeing an American university professor, Kevin King and his Australian colleague, Timothy Weeks, who are being held hostage by the Taliban. The troops engaged in a fierce gun battle with dozens of insurgents at a remote compound in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. The rescue mission began in the days following the professors kidnapping on August 7 from their vehicle in Kabul near the campus of the American University of Afghanistan, where they teach. The group of SEAL members, backed by Army Rangers, is believed to have missed the men by hours. The Pentagon confirmed that a raid had occurred to rescue the two. There were no American casualties during the operation. (nytimes.com, 8 September 2016)
August 31, 2016 More
In a new video clip, a Canadian woman, who has been a captive of the Taliban since 2012, called on the United States to pressure Afghanistan to halt executions of its Taliban prisoners. Otherwise, she, her husband and their two children will be executed. Caitlan Coleman, 30, of Stewartstown, and her husband, 33-year-old Canadian Joshua Boyle, were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012. According to previous reports, the woman was pregnant at the time of the kidnapping; Coleman told her family in previous video releases that she has now given birth twice in captivity. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters that the video was not new and had in fact been recorded in 2015. He said that the couple and their two children remain in captivity but in good health. It was the first time the couple has appeared in a video since 2013. (ancasteronline.com, 31 August 2016)
August 28, 2016 More
An Australian aid worker, Kerry Jane Wilson, kidnapped in the eastern city of Jalalabad in April, was freed in a raid by Afghan special forces near the city. During the raid four of her suspected kidnappers were arrested. Australian Foreign Minister confirmed her release. Kidnapping for ransom has long been a problem in Afghanistan, affecting Afghans more than foreigners, and it has become a lucrative source of income for militant Islamist groups in recent years. (reuters.com, 29 August 2016)
August 25, 2016 More
Police killed two gunmen during a search at the American University of Afghanistan campus in Kabul, ending the attack on the university. At least 13 people, including two security guards, three police officers and six students, were killed in the attack and 30 other people were wounded. Security forces managed to evacuated nearly 700 students from the campus. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
August 24, 2016 More
At approximately 1900 local time, unknown militants targeted the American University in Kabul, which is located on Darulaman Road in western part of the capital. The assault on the university campus attack started after a suicide bomber detonated a VBIED at the entrance to the complex, after which an undetermined number of gunmen opened fire, trapping hundreds of students and teachers inside.
August 15, 2016 More
A bomb attached to a military vehicle exploded at a public square near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Two people, including an Afghan army officer, were wounded in the blast. Though no group claimed responsibility for the bombing, Taliban insurgents were likely behind the attack.
August 13, 2016 More
Five Pakistanis and a Russian who were captured by the Afghan Taliban after their government helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan have been released and returned to Pakistan. The Russian-made transport helicopter belonging to the Punjab provincial government was en route from Peshawar in northwest Pakistan to Uzbekistan for maintenance when it crash landed on August 4, in a Taliban-held area in the eastern Logar province. The crew's release was arranged through a handover between tribes in the border region, from where they were transferred to Islamabad by helicopter. Initial reports after the crash had indicated that there were seven passengers but Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman that it turned out there were only six on board. (reuters.com, 13 August 2016)
August 09, 2016 More
Two people were killed and 15 others wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives device at a crowded market in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif in the northern Balkh Province.
August 09, 2016 More
The bodies of four civilians kidnapped by the Taliban in Helmand province a week earlier, were found near the provincial capital city of Lashkargah. The four victims were residents of Lashkargah, and the Taliban kidnapped them from an unspecified area near the Lashkargah-Gerishk highway. The Taliban and government forces are engaged in intense fighting in Helmand, including in the vicinity of Lashkargah, and the violence frequently claims civilian victims. (tolonews.com, 17 August 2016)
August 06, 2016 More
At around 8:30 p.m., unknown gunmen kidnapped two foreigners thought to be Australian and American nationals, in the capital Kabul. According to a local police official, the gunmen wore uniforms of the national security forces. Kabul police have launched and investigation and a search operation to locate the abductees. Although the identity of the two foreigners remains unknown, they are reportedly professors working for the American University of Afghanistan. The two were snatched as they sat in their car following classes at the institution. A U.S. State Department official stated that the USDS was aware of reports that a U.S citizen was kidnapped in the city, but due to privacy considerations, the department could not offer information. (voanews.com, 7 August 2016 & nbcnews.com, 8 August 2016)
August 05, 2016 More
Two separate Taliban roadside bombings in the Chamkani district of the eastern Paktia province killed at least 10 civilians. The explosions occurred just hours apart killing at least five people each. According to the spokesman for the Paktia provincial governor Taliban militants, routinely plant explosive devices on local roads in an ongoing campaign to intimidate residents. The Taliban continue to take advantage of the security vacuum resulting from the drawdown of foreign military forces in the country to regain control over territory it has lost. 
August 04, 2016 More
Seven passengers and crewmembers of a Pakistani government helicopter that crashed landed in the eastern Logar province on its way to Uzbekistan were captured and being held captive by Pakistani Taliban fighters. Speaking from Pakistan, a commander for Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said that his group is holding only six of the people who were on board the helicopter and that the pilot was "seriously injured," apparently in the crash landing. The crew of the helicopter included a Russian navigator and three of the passengers are said to be retired Pakistani security officials. (reuters.com, 4 August 2016 & rferl.org, 5 August 2016)
August 03, 2016 More
Taliban militants attacked a convoy carrying a dozen of foreign tourists, including eight Britons, three US citizens and one German, in the Chesht-e-Sharif district, on the road to Herat city, injuring six. At least four tourists and an Afghan driver were lightly injured and received treatment at a hospital in Heart. Afghanistan's main roads are notoriously dangerous with militant attacks and kidnappings frequent.
July 31, 2016 More
At around 01:25 local time, a suicide truck bomber detonated the VBIED at the entrance to the North Gate compound, a military and logistics services compound housing foreign contractors in Kabul. Following the explosion two gunmen entered the compound and attempted to reach the Northgate Hotel, a secure residential compound for foreign military and civilian organizations and engaged the guards in hours long firefight. One police officer was killed and four were wounded before the two gunmen were killed. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
July 30, 2016 More
Following heavy fighting during which at least 20 police officers were killed, Taliban insurgents captured the Kanashin district in Helmand province. The district is important due to its location along the Pakistan border and its status as a major poppy-producing district, which would give the Taliban an important source of income.
July 30, 2016 More
At approximately 10:00 local time an IED hidden in a handcart detonated on Minarets Road in Heart. At least one passerby was killed in the blast and five others were wounded. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.
July 29, 2016 More
According to The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) report, the Afghan government has further lost either control or influence over 5% of the country January and May 2016, bringing its control to approximately 65% of the country’s territory. The report, however, stated that the decline was the result of Afghan troops leaving lower-priority regions in order to participate in more important campaigns. According to the audit, Afghan commanders believed that Afghan troops would hold more territory than they were ultimately able to defend.
July 28, 2016 More
A rickshaw driver kidnapped a 4-year-old boy, Omar Khitab, from Banarasabad in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and took him to his home in the Laghman province in Afghanistan. On August 11, Afghanistan police arrested the driver, rescued the boy and returned him unharmed to Pakistan where he was returned to his father. The boy's was also from an internally displaced family from Waziristan who had rented a house in Banarasabad. The boy's father told reporters that the driver often parked his rickshaw near their house and the boy used to play in the vehicle. The family frequently served the driver with food, as he was homeless and abandoned by his wife. (tribune.com.pk,11August 2016)
July 26, 2016 More
Saad Emarati, a top commander in the Khorasan province, the Islamic State affiliated group active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, was killed in a military operation in far eastern Nangarhar province. Emarati, a former Taliban commander, was one of more than 120 suspected militants who were killed in the operation during which government forces captured the militants base. The operation was launched following the July 23 suicide bombing in Kabul that targeted ethnic Hazara community and was claimed by the group.
July 24, 2016 More
At around 8 p.m. a rocket landed about 0.5 mi/1 km from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, causing a large explosion. No casualties or damage were reported.
July 24, 2016 More
In audio interview from his hiding place al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, called on the global militant network to kidnap Westerners and hold them in exchange for imprisoned al-Qaeda operatives. Al-Zawahiri offered no specifics regarding targets of kidnapping or likely regions where such kidnappings should take place. Zawahiri is believed to be hiding in a Taliban stronghold in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area.
July 23, 2016 More
Three suicide bombers blew themselves up in a demonstration held by members of the Shi'ite Hazara minority in Deh Mazang Circle in central Kabul to protest the route of a new multi-million-dollar power line. At least 80 people were killed in the attack and 231 were wounded. In a statement published by the Islamic State-affiliated media outlet Amaq, the Khorasan Province, claimed responsibility for the attack. According to officials from the National Directorate for Security (NDS), an Islamic State militant known as Abu Ali planned the attack from Achin district in Nangarhar province. The attack succeeded despite tight security, which saw much of Kabul city center sealed off before the demonstration, with stacks of shipping containers and other obstacles and helicopters patrolling overhead.
July 23, 2016 More
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that one of its nationals, Judith D’Souza, who was kidnapped in Afghanistan in June, has been rescued. The 40-year-old woman, working for an international aid organization in Kabul, was kidnapped on June 9. While officials didn't reveal any details on the circumstances of her rescue, sources confirmed that police interrogated the woman’s driver and guard had given them significant leads that indicated the motive for her kidnapping was ransom. The woman is believed to be have been held by a gang in the Shomali Plains, close to the village of the two men in custody. (thehindu.com, 23 July 2016)
July 02, 2016 More
A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a local leader who was traveling in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province. The local official, Haji Hayat Khan, who leads a movement opposing the Islamic State (IS) group, was unharmed, but two passersby were killed and 17 others were wounded.
June 30, 2016 More
Two suicide bombers attacked an Afghan police convoy of buses carrying graduates returning about 20Km/12 miles outside the capital Kabul. The first bomber detonated an explosive device outside one of the buses while the second drove a VBIED into the vehicles of first responders as they arrived as the scene of the attack. At least 30 people were killed in the attack and 50 others were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
June 28, 2016 More
According to Jawzjan province local officials and residents, Taliban militants have set up checkpoints in three of he province districts, including in the districts of Darzab, Quesh Tepa and Shiberghan, along the Darzab-Shiberghan highway where they extort money from truck drivers delivering food to the province. As result of practice, food prices increased throughout the province. The Taliban spokesman denied the officials allegations.
June 26, 2016 More
At least a dozen members of the nation’s security forces and civilians were killed in recent days in fighting between Islamic State (IS) militants and security forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Local officials claimed that more than 100 IS militants were killed, but there was no independent confirmation of this figure. Though the IS seems to have failed to make significant inroads in the country, the group has recruited enough members to poses a localized threat to Afghan security forces and civilians in some eastern parts of the country.
June 23, 2016 More
An influential Afghan police official kidnapped four Pakistani nationals, including a female doctor, after his brother was killed in recent clashes’ between Pakistani security forces and Afghan forces at the Torkham border crossing. The officer, Sadi Khan, reportedly kidnapped the physician and two other men from a hospital in Shehr-e-Nau town in Khost province on the border with Kurram Agency. The officer also kidnapped the physician’s brother, who traveled to Afghanistan to resolve the issue. He demanded Rs100 million for their release of the four but later release the woman and her brother after collecting Rs5 million from their family. The two other men remain captive and the officer demand Rs8 million for their release. (thenews.com.pk, 24 June 2016)
June 22, 2016 More
At least 20 passengers kidnapped by the Taliban militants were released hours after they were taken hostage on a highway in Helmand province. According to local security official, the 20 passengers were among 43 people kidnapped on a highway in Greshk district a day earlier. At least 18 of the passengers were released shortly after they were kidnapped and 20 others were released later on that day. The source further added that the Taliban militants are still holding 5 passengers as hostage in their custody and efforts are underway for their release. The Taliban militants have stepped up hostage takings across the country during the recent weeks as the group claim they abduct security personnel and government officials traveling on the highways. (khaama.com, 22 June 2016)
June 21, 2016 More
Taliban militants, wearing uniforms of the Afghan National Army, intercepted a bus and vehicles in the Washer district of the southern Helmand province and kidnapped over 40 passengers. The militants later released 18 women and children but reportedly holding about 27 men. A Taliban spokesman said in a statement that the hostages would be investigated and those found working for the “slave administration of Kabul's security organs” will be submitted to the Islamic Emirate's courts. The mass kidnappings is the latest in a series of similar incidents highlighting the dangers traveling on the country’s main highways. (reuters.com, 21 June 2016)
June 20, 2016 More
A bomb planted in a motorbike killed at least eight civilians and wounded another 18 in a crowded market in the northern province of Badakhshan.
June 20, 2016 More
A suicide bomber killed at least 14 people and wounded eight in an attack on a minibus carrying Afghan and Nepalese security contractors working at the Canadian Embassy in the capital, Kabul. The bomber waited near the compound housing the guards and detonated his explosives device as the bus moved through early morning traffic. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack, the latest in a string of recent attacks in the capital, highlights the challenges faced by the Afghan government as the United States slowly reduce its remaining troops.
June 20, 2016 More
A bomb planted in the vehicle of a provincial council member in the Chel Siton area of Kabul, injuring the lawmaker and three of his security detail. The Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks.
June 18, 2016 More
The Torkham border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan was reopened. The crossing the border crossing was closed earlier in the week after deadly fighting between the border guards’ forces of the two countries erupted over the construction of a new Pakistani gate intended to regulate travel. Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai, is scheduled to travel to Islamabad on June 20 to discuss the border issues.
June 17, 2016 More
A remote controlled roadside bomb has killed one person and wounded 10 others on the Tarinkot-Dihraud road in Uruzgan province. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.
June 17, 2016 More
A militant ambush has killed Mohammad Hadi the district governor of Kohmard in Bamyan province. The incident took place in the Chinar Sokhta area as the governor was on his way from Bamyan city to Saighan on his way to back to Kohmard district. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
June 17, 2016 More
Hundreds of people marched in Kabul, demanding that the government to secure the release of civilians who were kidnapped by Taliban militants on 31 May in the province of Kunduz. At least two protesters were injured during the protest as police officers moved to disperse the gathering. The protesters warned to continue and stage further demonstrations if the government does not act on their demands.
June 17, 2016 More
Kabul police reportedly ordered foreign nationals living outside protected compounds to travel with guards, following the kidnapping of a female Indian aid worker in the capital. A document distributed by the police officers to private homes and organization instructs residents to take a variety of security measures, including using armed police escorts if necessary. National security officials, however, distanced themselves from the police efforts, after critics complained that the measures were counterproductive and did not reduce the threats facing local residents. Since the kidnapping, foreign workers have reported that police officers and intelligence agents have stopped their cars and took them to police stations where they were questioned about personal information and than photographed.
June 12, 2016 More
Pakistani and Afghani troops exchanged fire overnight at the Torkham gate the main Khyber Pass border crossing between the two countries. At least one Afghan soldier dead and several soldiers on both sides were wounded. Both countries blamed the other for the violence. Afghanistan regularly accuses Pakistan of supporting militants, including members of the Haqqani network, a charge Pakistan denies.
June 11, 2016 More
In a 14 minute online audio message, al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, pledged his allegiance to Haibatullah Akhundzada the newly appointed leader of the Afghan Taliban. Al-Qaeda had thrived under the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan before both groups were severely hit during the U.S. invasion that followed al-Qaeda's September 11 attacks in the United States in late 2001.
June 10, 2016 More
An IED explosion inside the Hisarak Jame Mosque in the Rudat district of the eastern province of Nangarhar killed at least three people, including the mosque Imam, and wounded 40 others. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
June 09, 2016 More
An Indian national, identified as 40-year-old Judith D'Souza, working as a Senior Technical Advisor for gender issues for the Aga Khan Foundation NGO organization, was kidnapped outside her office in the capital city of Kabul. The identity of her kidnappers and whether a ransom has been demanded for her release were not immediately known. The threat of kidnapping, for both financial and political motivations, remains very high in Afghanistan. Though most of the kidnapping victims are locals, foreigners are sought after targets by both criminal gangs and militants given that much higher ransoms are paid for in return for their release. (bbc.com, 10 June 2016 & thehindu.com, 10 June 2016)
June 05, 2016 More
An American photojournalist and his Afghan translator, both working for NPR were killed in a Taliban ambush while traveling with Afghan troops in southern Helmand province. The two were traveling in an Afghan army Humvee between Lashkar Gah the provincial capital of Helmand province and Marjah, when a 82mm mortar shell hit their vehicle. The driver, an Afghan soldier, was also killed. Two other NPR journalists traveling in the convoy were unharmed.
June 05, 2016 More
A parliament member was killed and 11 other people, including five of his bodyguards were wounded, in an IED explosion hidden in an electrical box attached to a wall near his residence near Qambar circle in the capital Kabul. It is unclear if the IED was trigger remotely or by a timer. No group i claimed responsibility for the bombing.
June 04, 2016 More
Two gunmen open fire at the appeals court in Pul-e Alam in the eastern Logar province, just south of the capital city of Kabul. At least five people were killed in the attack, including the newly appointed head of the court, and 19 others were injured before security forces engaged and killed the attackers. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which was launched to revenge the government execution of six militants in May.
June 02, 2016 More
The Taliban have freed 17 members of the Hazara Shiite minority whom they had abducted from a bus in the northern province of Sar-e-Pol province a day earlier. According to a provincial spokesman, local village elders mediated the hostages’ release, which were all civilians. The official added that no ransom was paid and no other deal was struck with the militants. The Taliban kidnapped the 17 Hazaras while they were riding in a bus through an insecure area of Sar-e-Pol. The Taliban have been gained ground in the country since the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission in late 2014 and now controls almost a third of the nation's territory. (latino.foxnews.com, 3 June 2016)
June 01, 2016 More
Four Taliban militants wearing police uniforms entered the Appeal Court building in the city of Ghazni in the eastern Ghazni province and engaged in a firefight with security personnel. At least four civilians and one police officer were killed in the attack and 13 civilians were wounded before the attackers were killed. According to the provincial police chief, the militants attempted to set off a VBIED before entering the court building, but security forces prevented the explosion and later defused the device.
June 01, 2016 More
Gunmen kidnapped 17 civilians, members of the Hazara Shi'ite minority, traveling in vehicles in the Sancharak district of northern Sar-e-Pul Province. According to a provincial official, Taliban fighters carried out the mass kidnapping to exchange the victims for a Taliban commander who was detained in the area by Afghan forces a day earlier. The kidnapping came two days after the Taliban killed at least 13 Hazaras and kidnapped several others during an attack on a bus convoy in the northern province of Kunduz. Two of the hostages were later found dead. (rferl.org, 15 May 2016) .
June 01, 2016 More
Suspected Taliban insurgents killed three Afghan employees of the Aga Khan Foundation, a private Afghan aid agency in the Torij area of the Sheikh Ali district of Parwan province. The three employees had visited local schools to train teachers on flood rescue measures. They were traveling back to Charikar, Parwan’s provincial capital, when their vehicle was ambushed. Police officials blamed the Taliban for the attack, but the latter have not claimed responsibility.
May 31, 2016 More
Taliban militants erected a checkpoint and intercepted vehicles and busses and integrated the passengers. The militants shot and killed nine government employees who were carrying identity cards and abducted 26 others whom they claimed were members of security forces traveling in civilian clothing. The militants released 185 other passengers. (ruters.com, 31 May 2016)
May 16, 2016 More
Two polio vaccination workers were kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in the Lalpura Chaknori area of Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province. The city police have launched a search operation to recover the two while tribal elders had been tasked to negotiate with the Taliban to free them polio workers. A three-day polio drive is ongoing in many part of the country in an attempt to wipe out the polio virus. (pajhwok.com, 17 May 2016)
May 10, 2016 More
Afghan and U.S. forces rescued --Ali Haider Gilani-- the kidnapped son of former Pakistani prime minister in a joint operation in the Gayan district of Paktika province, three years after gunmen abducted him in his hometown of Multan in southern Pakistani province of Punjab. Afghan President office said Afghan security forces defeated an al Qaeda cell in a joint operation with international forces, and suggested that the discovery of Gilani during an anti-insurgency operation may have been accidental. During the operation four al-Qaeda militants were killed. (reuters.com, 10 May 2016)
April 28, 2016 More
At around 5 a.m., unidentified men, dressed in military uniform, kidnapped a female Australian aid worker, Katherine Jane Wilson, from her office in the eastern city of Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. Local police and intelligence services believe that the kidnappers were local gang members and not from terrorist groups. Following the kidnaping security forces erect checkpoints throughout the city to prevent the kidnappers from shifting the woman to districts where Islamist militant groups operate. The woman, who is in her late 60s, has been living in the country for nearly 20 years and runs Zardozi, an organization that helps support impoverished Afghan women by selling embroidered items they make. (reuters.com, 29 Apr 2016 & smh.com.au, 29 April 2016)
April 19, 2016 More
At around 1920 local time, an IED exploded outside a store in Kabul's Sharpur area. No casualties were reported in the blast.
April 19, 2016 More
During morning rush hour, a suicide car bomber detonated a truck bomb in a public parking lot next to the National Directorate of Security building in Kabul’s central Pul-e-Mahmud neighborhood after which a gunman reportedly traded fire with guards at the scene. At least 28 people were killed in the blast and the exchange of fire and 324 others injured. The explosion took place near the headquarters of the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan and the U.S. embassy, which were unaffected by the explosion. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
April 18, 2016 More
Provincial Kunduz officials claimed that government forces withstood a major attack by about 1000 Taliban militants in the district of Chardara, located less than 10Km/6 6miles southwest of the city of Kunduz. According to the officials, approximately 1,000 Taliban militants, including militants from neighboring Kandahar and Helmand provinces, predicated in the offensive, which has entered its fourth day.
April 14, 2016 More
Taliban insurgents launched attacks on positions of the Afghan security forces in the Dand-i-Shahabuddin and Dand-i-Ghori areas on the outskirts of Pul-i-Khumri, the capital of the northern Baghlan province. In February 2016, Afghan army troops recaptured Dand-i-Ghori from the Taliban, who had controlled it for several weeks.
April 11, 2016 More
A militant detonated a motorcycle laden with explosives near a bus carrying new recruits to the National Army in the Surkh Rod district of the eastern Nangarhar province. At least 12 people were killed in the blast and 40 others were wounded. The bus was traveling from Jalalabad the provincial capital to Kabul. Though no group claimed responsibility for the attack, the Taliban commonly target personnel of the armed forces.
April 05, 2016 More
Heavy clashes broke out between Taliban militants and Afghan government forces in Baghlan province. Taliban forces reportedly captured two government outposts in the Dand-i-Shahabuddin area of the province. Fifteen people -- including 13 Taliban insurgents, one police officer and one civilian -- were reportedly killed in the fighting. In January the militants bombed an electricity pylon in the province, which resulted in major electricity disruption in Kabul.
April 05, 2016 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device at a high school in the city of Seya Gerd, located in the province of Parwan, north of Kabul. At least six people were killed in the blast and 15 others were wounded. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
April 04, 2016 More
The Bangladesh-based none governmental organization BRAC announced that two of its staffers, including the NGO’s chief engineer and chief accountant, who were kidnapped on 17 March were released unharmed by their captors. Unidentified gunmen kidnapped the two as they were traveling from Kunduz to Baghlan. BRAC officials stated that the release occurred through the intervention of local leaders, but it remains unclear whether a ransom was paid to gain the due release. (thedailystar.net, 4 April 2016)
April 02, 2016 More
At least 15 deminers kidnapped by unknown gunmen in western Herat province have been released from the captivity. According to the provincial police chief, the deminers belonged to HALO Trust and were abducted a day earlier in the Kohsan district. The deminers were released during an operation, which was launched immediately after they were abducted. No group has so far claimed responsibility to the mass kidnapping. (khaama.com, 2 April 2016)
April 01, 2016 More
Unidentified gunmen kidnapped 11 local demines working for the Halo trust organization in the western Herat province. During a military operation, six suspects were captured. Afghanistan is one of the most mined countries in the world, and deminers are easy targets, since they usually work in remote regions. (dailymail.co.uk, 2 April 2016)
March 30, 2016 More
Three Pakistani young men from Kurram Agency, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan last month, have been set free after families paid ransom to their captors, relatives said. Gunmen had kidnapped four residents of Kurram as they went to Paktia province for business purpose. However, one of the kidnapped persons managed to escape. The three captives identified as Nasir Hussain, Sabir Hussain and Syed Jalal Hussain were released on April 27, 2016, after the Rs4 million ransom (about US$35,000) was paid through tribal negotiators in Afghanistan. They were handed over to their relatives at the Pak-Afghan border. One of the released persons said the kidnappers physically tortured them and kept them handcuffed during captivity. An official said that Afghan elders played key role in securing release of the persons. (dawn.com, 30 April2016)
March 28, 2016 More
Three kidnapped young men were released unharmed by their captors after their families paid a 3 million Afghanis ransom. The trio was kidnapped a week earlier while driving on the Kabul-Daikundi highway in the Jalrez area of the province of Wardak. The victims claimed that their capturers beat them repeatedly while they were in captivity. Family members stated that they were forced to sell their land and other possessions to raise the money and complained about police inactivity in reaction to the kidnapping. (pajhwok.com, 5 April 2016)
March 28, 2016 More
The Taliban claimed responsibility for firing a barrage of rockets at the newly built parliament complex in Kabul. Multiple rockets hit the sprawling compound at around 10:15 local time while the parliament was in session. The explosions blow out windows in one building, but causing no casualties.
March 27, 2016 More
Gunmen kidnapped four young Pakistani residents of Kurram as they went to Paktia province on business in March 2016, but one managed to escape shortly after. The captives identified as Nasir Hussain, Sabir Hussain and Syed Jalal Hussain were released on April 27, 2016, after paying Rs4 million (about US $7,000) ransom through tribal negotiators in Afghanistan. They were handed over to their relatives at the Pak-Afghan border. The released persons were looking very tired and bore torture marks on their bodies. One of the released persons said the kidnappers physically abused them and kept them handcuffed during the entire time in captivity. An official said that Afghan elders played key role in securing release of the persons. (dawn.com, 28 April 2016)
March 25, 2016 More
A small IED hidden in a bicycle exploded outside a residential building in the Macrorayan area—the diplomatic quarter-- of Kabul. A police officer guarding the building where a member of the country's Election Complaints Commission reside, was wounded in the blast.
March 20, 2016 More
Agents from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) rescued a kidnapped child from a house in the Lakan village in eastern Khost province, as the kidnappers were demanding a ransom of US$200,000 for his release. The NDS said a group of five kidnappers were arrested in connection to the kidnapping of the child whose family resides in the province.(khaama.com, 25 March 2016)
March 17, 2016 More
Two Bangladeshi NGO workers were intercepted and kidnapped by group of inknown gunmen as they drove from the city of Kunduz in the Kunduz province to Baghlan province. The two, aged 50 and 38, are employed by the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC). No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, which marked the seventh abduction of Bangladeshis working for BRAC in Afghanistan since 2007. Three of the hostages were killed in the earlier cases. (benarnews.org, 18 March 2016)
March 17, 2016 More
Unidentified men have kidnapped the 90-year-old Supreme Court Chief Justice’s father as he walked to a mosque from home in the city of Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province. The Chief Justice, a resident of Rodat district, Nangarhar province owns two houses in Kabul and Jalalabad. The Chief Justice family and police have not commented on the incident. (pajhwok.com, 28 March 2016)
March 08, 2016 More
Unidentified gunmen shot and killed two deminers in the Maiwand district of southern Kandahar province. Officials said the deminers were in the process of clearing Haji Azizullah Camp area from land mines when the militants opened fire on them. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
March 02, 2016 More
Militants attacked the Indian Consulate in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of the eastern province of Nangarhar. The attack started with a suicide car bomber detonating a VBIED at the gates of the complex after which four gunmen wearing suicide vests attempted to storm the building. Afghan security guards killed the attackers before they were able enter the consulate building. At least six people were injured in the attack, which shattered windows and destroyed several cars in the area. No group has claimed responsibility for the failed attack.
February 27, 2016 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device near the Ministry of Defense compound. At least 12 people, including two government employees, were killed in the blast and eight others were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which allegedly targeted Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry.
February 26, 2016 More
A 2-year-old child and a teenaged boy were kidnapped by a gang from Qala-e-Boost and Safian areas of Lashkargah the capital of the southern part of Helmand province. Police said that the kidnappers demanded a large ransom from the families of the hostages, but did not say how much. The Afghan intelligence operatives conducted a special military operation to rescue the two. At least four kidnappers were arrested by the intelligence operatives during the raid. (khaama.com, February 27, 2016)
February 21, 2016 More
At around 13:40 local time, a 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck approximately 25 mi/40 km south of the northeastern city of Jarm. The quake was at a depth of approximately 176Km /110 miles. No damage or injuries were reported.
February 21, 2016 More
A hostage was released from the restive Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan with the interference of the Afghan intelligence operatives as the kidnappers demanded a ransom of $US1 million for his release. (khaama.com, February 22, 2016)
February 19, 2016 More
A spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Kabul confirmed the release of five Afghans working for the ICRC three days after being kidnapped in the province of Ghazni. Aid workers in Afghanistan have increasingly been casualties of a surge in militant violence in recent years. (dailymail.co.uk, 19 February 2016)
February 17, 2016 More
Two patients and a caretaker were killed in an overnight raid by Afghan forces on a health clinic the Tangi Saidan area of the central Wardak province. The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan aid group, which run the clinic, described the attack as a gross violation of humanitarian principles and called on the Afghan government to hold liable those responsible. Afghan officials claimed that special forces unit conducted an operation in the area killing four militants and capturing a fifth. The incident comes less than five months after 42 people were killed in a U.S. air strike on a hospital in the northern city of Kunduz run by medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres.
February 16, 2016 More
Five local Red Cross staff members were intercepted and kidnapped while traveling by road in the central province of Ghazni by a group of unidentified gunmen. Ina statement released by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan, the organization states that it had “established contacts” and was working to secure the release of its staff, while suspending its operations in the province and was reviewing security elsewhere in the country. (reuters.com, 18 February 2016)
February 15, 2016 More
According to a U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) report, 2015 saw 11,002 civilian casualties-- the highest number of casualties-- in the ongoing conflict. A total of 3,545 fatalities and 7,457 injuries were registered. Most of the civilian casualties occurred during ground clashes followed by IEDs with 713 fatalities and 1,655 injuries and “suicide and complex attacks.” Anti-government forces accounted for 62% of the casualties, while Afghan security forces accounted for 14%, international military forces for 2% and other pro-government armed groups for 1%. In the remaining cases of civilian casualties, it was not possible to determine the responsible side.
February 15, 2016 More
Police of central Logar province have rescued a child who was abducted by a group of criminals in the 8th sector of Kabul four days earlier. The boy was rescued in in Pul-i-Alam the provincial capital. Investigations into the kidnapping were ongoing as the kidnappers managed to escape during the police raid. (khaama.com, 20 February 2016)
February 13, 2016 More
Taliban insurgents in two captured Afghan army Humvee vehicles carried out suicide attacks targeting the police and governor's headquarters in the Sangin district of the southern Helmand province. The first VBIED was ordered by police officers to stop but when the driver ignored the warnings, the officers fired a rocket-propelled grenade causing the vehicle to blow up. The second suicide bomber detonated his VBIED vehicle near a checkpoint guarding the two headquarters. Four police officers were killed and seven were wounded in the blast.
February 11, 2016 More
An Iranian truck driver, Syed Reza, was kidnapped by unidentified men in Naqsha area of Zaranj, the capital of northwestern Nimroz province. The man was kidnapped as he made a rest stop while transporting goods from Iran’s Abbas port to Nimroz province. The fate of another Iranian driver kidnapped three weeks ago in Zaranj was yet to be known. (pajhwok.com, 13 February 2016)
February 09, 2016 More
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) arrested a five-member proffetional kidnapping gang in Kabul and rescued their 14-year-old victim. The teenager was kidnapped two weeks earlier in the city’s district 10 and was held hostage in a cave in the remote Shakar Dara district. A US$600,000 ransom was demanded from his parents in return for his safe release. The gang was also involved in other kidnapping incidents although no specificinformation was provided. (1tvnews.af, 23 February 2016)
February 09, 2016 More
An Iranian truck driver was kidnapped in February 2016 from a cemetery neighborhood in the Zaranj town. Police told reporters on March 9 that the driver, who was introduced as Seyed Reza, was kidnapped by unidentified armed men after he came out of a public bath in the town. (irna.ir, March 10, 2016)
February 03, 2016 More
One person was injured when a magnetic bomb attached to his vehicle exploded in Khost, the capital city of Khost province. The identity of the person targeted was not made public.
February 01, 2016 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device in a line of recruits at the entrance the Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) headquarters in Kabul’s western Deh Mazang suburb. At least 20 people were killed in the attack and 25 others wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
January 29, 2016 More
A television and radio broadcast journalist was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen near his home in the Surkhrod district of the eastern Nangarhar province. Though no group claimed responsibility for the assassination, the journalist reportedly received threats from the Afghan Islamic State after a local radio station ‘Voice of the Caliphate’, which support the group broadcasted threatening messages for journalists in the province.
January 25, 2016 More
Taliban militants raided homes in the Shna Jama area of Nad Ali district in Helamnd province. According to provincial officials the militants kidnapped four civilians and destroyed a motorbike. (shahamat-english.com, 26 January 2016)
January 13, 2016 More
At around 9 a.m. a suicide bombing bombing occurred outside the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar. The attacker reportedly attempted to join a line of individuals seeking visas outside the consulate and detonated explosives when he was denied entry into the building. Following the blast, three assailants engaged the security forces in a four-hour long firefight from a nearby building. Seven police officers were killed, and 11 people, including at least three civilians were injured in the attack. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack.
January 13, 2016 More
A suicide car bomber detonated a VBIED near a market in the city of Lashkargah, capital of the southern province of Helmand. The bomber attempted to reach the city police headquarters complex, but detonated the vehicle after he was stopped at a security checkpoint. The bomber was the only casualty.
January 11, 2016 More
The Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister confirmed the release of a Canadian national, Colin Rutherford, was freed after being held captive for nearly five years in Afghanistan. The man went missing in October 2010 during a visit to Afghanistan as a tourist. A video released by his captors in May 2011 showed a man who identified himself as Rutherford answering questions about himself in English. The circumstances surrounding his release remain unknown and its unclear if ransom was paid by Qatar who was negotiating his release with his Taliban captors.  (cbc.ca, 11 January 2016)
January 11, 2016 More
Community elders have mediated the release two hostages from the custody of Taliban militants in southeastern Ghazni province. The two civilians spent several days in Taliban captivity before they were released and reunited with their families. According to the Ghazni police spokesperson, the two civilians were intercepted and dragged out of the vehicles in the Qarabagh District while on their way from Jaghori District to Ghazni the provincial capital. It is unclear if ransom was paid in return for their release. (khaama.com, 16 January 2016)
January 11, 2016 More
Senior officials from Afghanistan, the United States, China and Pakistan met in Islamabad to push the Afghan peace process. The first Afghan peace talks were held at the Pakistani town of Murree near Islamabad in early July but the process faced a deadlock after the death of former Taliban leader Mullah Omar was confirmed. The Taliban, which is internally divided, has not yet officially responded to the quadrilateral initiative.
January 10, 2016 More
According to the Defense Ministry, Afghan troops have killed at least 30 Taliban militants and retaken the Darqad district in Takhar province near the northern border with Tajikistan. Government forces have struggled to contain the Taliban insurgency since international ended combat operations at the end of 2014. The fighting has continued as Afghan and Pakistani officials prepare for meetings in Islamabad next week to lay the ground for possible peace talks with the Taliban.
January 04, 2016 More
At around 1100 local time, a suicide bomber detonated a VBIED at a police checkpoint near the airport near Hamid Karzai International Airport. No casualties, with the exception of the assailant, were reported and the attack did not effect the airport operations. No groups claimed responsibility for the attack.
January 03, 2016 More
Militants attacked the Indian consulate in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif. According to security officials, the attackers were unable to enter the compound and were surrounded in an adjacent building. Indian missions were attacked throughout the country in the past. In May 2014, heavily armed militants attacked the Indian consulate in Herat, while in August 2013 nine civilians died when the Indian consulate in Jalalabad was targeted. The attacks followed previous attacks in 2008 and 2009 when the Indian embassy in Kabul was attacked twice, with dozens killed. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the recent attack.
January 01, 2016 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device inside the Freanch Le Jardin restaurant, located in the Qala-e-Fathullah district of Kabul, where foreign embassies and government buildings are located. A 12-year-old boy was killed in the blast and 18 other people were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack stated that a fire fight with security forces occurred after the bombing. Security forces closed off the area, and reportedly arrested one of the attackers.
December 29, 2015 More
The National Directorate of Security announced the arrest of several suspects in connection with kidnapping and subsequent murder of a 14-year-old boy in capital Kabul. The teenager was kidnapped on 29 December 2015 in Kabul’s District 8 and for his release the kidnappers demanded US$100,000 from his family. As his family was unable to raise the amount the kidnappers chopped off one of his fingers and eventually killed him. His body was found in Chanar Keli area of Khak Jabbar district in the outskirts of the city. (1tvnews.af, 30 April 2016)
December 28, 2015 More
At around 8: a.m. local time, a suicide car bomber detonated a VBIED near a convoy of foreign troops traveling Kabul’s Hawa Shinasi district near the International Airport. One civilian was killed in the blast and 13 others wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
December 28, 2015 More
A female polio vaccination volunteer was shot and killed outside her home in the southern city of Kandahar by two unidentified gunmen. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Vaccination teams have been targeted in the region by militants accusing the health workers of being American and government spies and demand proof showing that orally administered polio vaccination drops are in accordance with Islamic tenets.
December 21, 2015 More
At around 9 p.m. three rockets landed landed in Kabul. One rocket landed in Masoud Square near the U.S. Embassy, a second landed in the Shirpur area, while a third landed in the city center. There were no reports of casualties or severe damage as result of the attack.
December 21, 2015 More
At around 1:30 p.m., a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle rigged with explosives attacked a joined Afghan-U.S. military patrol in the Bajawri area of Bagram district of Parwan province near the Bagram Air Base, located approximately 40Km/25 miles north of Kabul. Six American soldiers were killed in the blast and two were wounded.
December 19, 2015 More
Unidentified armed men, believed to be Taliban militants, have abducted five civilians, including a woman and a child, who were traveling on a highway in the country’s eastern province of Ghazni. The victims were traveling en route from the Malistan district to the provincial capital city of Ghazni, located about 150Km/95 miles southwest of Kabul, when the gunmen intercepted their vehicle and forced them out. The kidnapper later released the child and his mother, but kept the other three people. (presstv.ir, 20 December 2015)
December 16, 2015 More
National Directorate of Security (NDS) officials stated that agents had seized and destroyed approximately 2 tons of explosive materials belonging to the Haqqani network from Kabul’s eastern Budkhak district. Officers conducted the raid in response to the 11 December Taliban attack on a guesthouse attached to the Spanish embassy.
December 15, 2015 More
Unidentified gunmen assassinated the brother of nation’s ambassador to India in southern Kandahar province, while the victim was praying at a mosque in the third district Kandahar city. The gunmen fled the scene after the attack for which no group claimed responsibility.
December 14, 2015 More
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said that it foiled a terrorist plot to attack vehicles at the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. NDS personnel arrested two suspected Islamic State (IS) militants who were reportedly transporting a 30 kg bomb to the target.
December 11, 2015 More
Taliban militants attack the Spanish embassy compound, located in the Sherpur district in central Kabul. A suicide car bomber detonated a VBIED at the gates of the compound allowing three gunmen to enter the complex and engage security guards in an hour-long firefight. Four Afghan police officers, two Spanish police officers and two civilians were killed in the attack while seven civilians and two police officers were wounded. As of December 2015, Spain has nine troops left in Afghanistan.
December 08, 2015 More
At approximately 6:30 p.m. local time, a group of Taliban insurgents attacked Kandahar International Airport, located approximately 15Km/10 miles 10 southeast of the city of Kandahar. The attackers, some wearing suicide vests, managed to enter the compound and engaged security forces in a 26-hour long firefight. At least 54 people, including 39 civilians were killed and 23 were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, carried out by a group of at least 14 militants.
November 28, 2015 More
A suicide bomber targeted the regional director at the country's Independent Election Commission during the morning rush hour in the Shah Shaheed area of eastern Kabul. While the official survived the attack, his driver was killed and five passersby were wounded in the blast. No group has claimed responsibility but Taliban insurgents who are fighting to topple the foreign-backed Kabul government frequently carry out suicide and roadside bombings across the country.
November 24, 2015 More
The Taliban captured at least 13 Afghan soldiers and two foreigners after their helicopter made an emergency landing in the northern province of Faryab. Details of the incident, including the nationalities of the two foreigners, remained unclear. At least three soldiers were killed in a firefight after the landing, in the Taliban-controlled area of Ghar Tepa. In a social media post, the Taliban claimed that two American soldiers were among those captured. But American officials said there were no Americans aboard the aircraft. (nytimes.com, 24 November 2015)
November 17, 2015 More
Residents of Andar district of Ghazni city, Ghazni province alleged that Afghan Local Police forces had been actively kidnapping women at gunpoint, demanding an average 200,000 Pakistani rupees ransoms for their release. Officers abduct married and single women alike, and harass bearded citizens whom they accuse of having ties to Taliban. (pajhwok.com, 17 November 2015)
November 15, 2015 More
A suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of three foreign forces vehicles just outside the city of Lashkar Gah the provincial capital of volatile southern Helmand province. One civilian was killed in the blast issue any statement regarding the attack and 12 wounded. While NATO's Resolute Support mission in Kabul did not issue any statement regarding the attack, a spokesman for the Helmand governor's office said that one of vehicles in the convoy caught fire causing casualties among the soldiers.
November 14, 2015 More
According to Helmand province governor, at least 65 Afghan soldiers have defected to the Taliban insurgents taking their weapons and five armored personnel carriers and ammunition with them. The governor added that at least 88 soldiers were killed in days of heavy fighting in the districts of Lashkar Gah, Marjah and Nadali of the volatile southern province and a traditional Taliban stronghold.
November 10, 2015 More
According to the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the agency has rescued eight people who were among a large group of ethnic minority Hazaras kidnapped earlier in the year. In a statement, the NDS said that the hostages, including five men, two women and a teenager, were among 31 Hazaras kidnapped by gunmen off buses in Ghazni in February. The gunmen released nineteen of the hostages in May and the rest remain unaccounted for. At the time of the kidnapping, senior government officials said that the Islamic State group was behind the abductions. The NDS statement made no comment on who was responsible, referring only to "terrorists." (ap.com, 10 November 2015)
November 10, 2015 More
Taliban factions, split over the question of the extremist group's leadership have been fighting for the fourth day in a raw in the southern province of Zabul, particularly in the districts of Kakar, Daichupan and Nawbahar. A Taliban fiction supporting Mullah Mohammad Rasool backed by supporters of the Islamic State (IS) group reportedly attack the Taliban fiction that support Mullah Akhtar Mansoor. According to Zabul governor, two suicide bombings took place in the Khaki Afghan district. In the first bombing a suicide bomber accidently blew himself up, killing 22 IS loyalists and wounding 10 others. Another suicide bomber targeted fighters loyal to Mansoor, killing the Taliban's shadow provincial governor Mullah Matiullah and the group's head of provincial military affairs.
October 26, 2015 More
At around 8:30 a.m. an improvised IED targeted an Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) convoy in Jalalabad, capital of the eastern Nangarhar province. Two local AIHRC employees were killed, and four others were injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
October 20, 2015 More
At around 12:30 local time, a magnetic IED attached to a police vehicle exploded in Jalalabad, capital of the eastern province of Nangarhar. Three security personnel of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) were injured in the blast. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
October 20, 2015 More
Afghan forces engaged in heavy fighting with Taliban insurgents in Nad Ali and the Musa Qala districts northwest of Lashkar Gah the provincial capital of Helmand province. Heavy fighting were reported in the Ghurian district near the major western city of Herat. The ongoing fighting erupted on October 18 after Taliban militants seized a number of police checkpoints in Babaji, a cluster of rural villages. The Taliban are reportedly attempting to cut off Highway 1, which connects the cities of Kandahar and Herat.
October 17, 2015 More
Germany's foreign minister announced the release of a German woman who was kidnapped in the capital Kabul two months earlier. The minister, however, gave no details about the circumstences of her release and whether ransom was paid to her kidnappers. Though not identified, the woman is believed to be an aid worker employed by the German aid agency GIZ. (abcnews.go.com,17 October 2015)
October 15, 2015 More
U.S. President Barack Obama announced a halt of US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan through the end of his term in 2017. The announcement contradicts his earlier promise to pull all but 1000 troops by the end of 2016. Obama stated that that a longer-term presence was vital to the security of the United States and Afghanistan that is beset by the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and militants from the Islamic State. The current military force in Afghanistan of 9,800 troops will remain in place through most of 2016, before dropping to about 5,500 at the end of next year or in early 2017.
October 14, 2015 More
Afghan troops recaptured the governor’s office in the district of Chahardara, Kunduz province from Taliban insurgents. The Taliban had seized Chahardara several months earlier. Fighting in parts of the district was ongoing. Local officials stated that the troops pursuing the operation against the Taliban have air support and that reinforcements are on the way.
October 12, 2015 More
Two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle killed a female Afghan U.N. staff member in the southern city of Kandahar. The gunmen approached the victim as she was returning home from work and shot her from close range before speeding away. No group claimed responsibility for the assassination.
October 11, 2015 More
A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of British military vehicles on patrol in Kabul. Though there were no British casualties at least seven civilians were injured in the blast. The Taliban claimed the attack in retaliation for airstrikes on their forces in Kunduz.
October 05, 2015 More
At around 8 p.m., twin suicide bombings were reported in Kabul near the Afghan parliament and the Russian Embassy along Dar-ul-Aman Road. The bombings targeted the home of Naeem Baloch, former Helmand governor and ex-head of the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS). Following the blasts, gunmen traded fire with Afghan security forces. At least three people were killed in the attack.
October 04, 2015 More
Taliban militants attempted to capture the city of Maymana, the capital of the northern province of Faryab. The insurgents launched an offensive at around 5 p.m. local time but local security forces managed to repel the militants at 3 a.m. on 5 October. Despite withdrawing from the city, the insurgents remain within 20Km/12 miles radius around it. Though officials reported that civilian casualties occurred during the fighting, no figures were given.
October 03, 2015 More
U.S. airstrikes hit a hospital run by international NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders (MSF)) in the city of Kunduz, killing at least 19 people, including 12 staffers and seven patients, and 37 wounded according to the charity. Officials with the MSF claimed that they gave the coordinates of the hospital to both U.S. military and Afghan forces in order to prevent it from being targeted as they battled Taliban insurgents in the city. While Afghan officials stated that militants had taken refuge inside the hospital and fired on their troops.
October 03, 2015 More
U.S. airstrikes hit a hospital run by international NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders (MSF)) in the city of Kunduz, killing at least 19 people, including 12 staffers and seven patients, and 37 wounded according to the charity. Officials with the MSF claimed that they gave the coordinates of the hospital to both U.S. military and Afghan forces in order to prevent it from being targeted as they battled Taliban insurgents in the city. While Afghan officials stated that militants had taken refuge inside the hospital and fired on their troops.
October 01, 2015 More
According to deputy police chief in Zabul, officers located the beheaded bodies of seven people, including four men, two women and a child, who were kidnapped on October 1 by Islamic State (IS) militants. The victims, all members of the Shiite Hazara ethnic group were kidnapped from the Rasani village in the Gelan district of the neighboring Ghazni province. The kidnapping and subsequent murder of the victims came amid heavy fighting between the IS and Taliban insurgents. (reuters.com, 8 November 2015)
October 01, 2015 More
Eleven people, including six U.S. soldiers, were killed when a U.S military C-130 transport aircraft crashed at Jalalabad Airport in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for downing the aircraft; however, the U.S. military denied, with “high confidence” the Taliban’s claims.
September 19, 2015 More
Taliban insurgents released 48 people they have kidnapped a day earlier from vehicles they intercepted along a road in the in Khani area of the Andar district in the southern Ghazni province. While the province governor spokesman announced that the militants abducted five who have been released, the According to the district chief contradicted the statement and said that the militants kidnapped over 50 people, some of whom are still being held by the militants. According to a local resident, those missing are two local police officers and their relatives. (pajhwok.com, 20 September 2016)
September 16, 2015 More
At around 10:30 a.m. local time, a suicide car bomber drove a VBIED into the police headquarters of Paghman district in Kabul province, located about 20Km/15 miles west of Kabul. At least four people were killed in the blast and 41 others mainly civilians were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
September 15, 2015 More
A remote controlled IED exploded at the main bazaar in the district of Ala Sai, Kapisa province. At least two people were killed in the blast and seven wounded. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, though authorities blamed the Taliban.
September 14, 2015 More
Taliban militants wearing police uniforms stormed a jail outside the central Afghan city of Ghazni, located about 120km/75miles from the capital, Kabul. At least four police officers were killed in the attack along with three of the attackers and 352 prisoners were freed, half of who are Taliban members. One of the militants blew a VBIED at the prison gates, allowing the others to storm the facility and free the prisoners. The attack marked the Taliban's third mass prison break. In the first, in 2008, more than 900 escaped from Kandahar Sarposa prison, while in 2010 the militants dug tunneled into the high-security jail in Kandahar, freeing nearly 500 prisoners.
September 11, 2015 More
The Dutch foreign ministry announced the release of a Dutch aid worker, kidnapped by unknown gunmen in June, after being held for 81 days. The woman identified as Anja de Beer, has spent more than 15 years working for UN agencies and was posted in Kabul for several years and was working for the Swiss development organization Helvetas when she was kidnapped at gunpoint by four men from while walking in central Kabul. It remains unclear whether a ransom was paid for her release. (theguardian.com, 10 September 2015)
September 10, 2015 More
A United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) convoy was hit by a roadside bomb on the outskirts of Jalalabad, the provincial capital of the eastern Nangarhar province. The explosion damaged at least one of the vehicles, but there were no casualties. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
September 09, 2015 More
Unidentified gunmen intercepted and kidnapped five civilians traveling on a highway between the northern provinces of Jawzjan and Sar-e-Pul. Local officials stated that they have no information on the kidnappers’ motives or affiliation and are working to locate the hostages and secure their release. Islamist militants are active in Jawzjan province and periodically stage attacks, including in Shebarghan, the provincial capital. (khaama.com, 10 September 2015)
August 30, 2015 More
According to the Russian foreign ministry, Moscow has helped free Dmitry Bely, a Ukrainian national, who had been held hostage by an armed group. The ministry gave no further details about the operation, which resulted in the release of the man. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian foreign ministry said they had no information about his release. Taliban militants kidnapped the man, working for a construction company, earlier this year and posted a video clip showing him in early August. (rt.com, 30 August 2015)
August 26, 2015 More
An Afghan Special Forces soldier opened fire on NATO troops in the former British Camp Bastion in Helmand province, killing two American soldiers, before he was short and killed by other soldiers. Another Afghan soldier was wounded in the fire exchange. Insider attacks--on international and Afghan forces--have become one of the gravest security threats of the later phase of the conflict in Afghanistan, although the rate of such incidents has dropped in recent years. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
August 26, 2015 More
Taliban fighters have seized control of Musa Qala--a strategically important district -- in Helmand province. Taliban fighters were able to push Afghan ground forces from the district despite massive American air strikes that killed at least 40 insurgents. The town is the second to fall into the hands of the Taliban after the group captured the town of Nawzad a week earlier.
August 22, 2015 More
A suicide car bomber targeted a convoy-carrying civilian security contractors employed by DynCorp International in the Macroyan 4 area, located in the eastern Kabul, near the diplomatic quarters. At least 12 people, including three foreign contractors, were killed in the blast and 66 people were injured. The powerful blast destroyed several vehicles, including a school van and an armored pick-up truck. Ongoing attacks in Kabul have led to tense relations with Pakistan, which the Afghan government accuses of harboring Taliban militants.
August 18, 2015 More
Taliban militants abducted at least four judges in the northern province of Sar-e Pol, and took them to an unknown location. A provincial police spokesman said that the judges, among them Appellate Court chief, were kidnapped in the Tonka district of the province, located 350Km/ 217 miles north of Kabul. The abductees were traveling on a highway linking Sar-e Pol to the neighboring province of Jawzjan, when the incident took place. The fate and whereabouts of the victims are unknown. (presstv.ir, 19 August 2015)
August 17, 2015 More
A female German national was intercepted and kidnapped by two gunmen in the Kala-e-Fatullah district of Kabul while driving in her car. The woman is an employee of the German aid agency GIZ. The German government has not yet made a statement on the case. Kidnappings of relief workers occur periodically in Afghanistan, including Kabul. Another German employee of GIZ was freed in April after spending 40 days in Taliban hands in northern Kunduz province. The incident highlights the deteriorating security in the country and the growing risk of kidnapping targeting forigners, including in Kabul. Following the kidnapping GIZ had suspended its opertions in Kabul and evacuated foreign nationals mainly to Dubai. (pressexaminer.com,18 August 2015 & dw.com, 18 August 2015)
August 15, 2015 More
The interior ministry announced the arrested five people from the Thughi village near the northern provincial Sar-e-Pul capital of the Sar-e Pol province, after they were filmed beating a man and his daughter accused of robbery by a village fortune teller. The brutal public beating, which shows a man hitting a young woman repeatedly with a large stick attracted wide attention on social media and local television.
August 15, 2015 More
An audio message, believed to be from Hamza Bin Laden, the son of Osama Bin Laden, has circulated among al-Qaeda supporters on Twitter. In the massage he urge al-Qaeda supporters to carry out attacks in Kabul, Baghdad and Gaza and to wage jihad, or holy war, on Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv. The massage is the first to presented Hamza Bin Laden as an official member of the militant group. Hamza Bin Laden, believed to be in his mid-twenties, was last seen in an Al-Jazeera network footage showing him among Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
August 13, 2015 More
At least four police officers were killed and six were kidnapped during an ambush by the Taliban militants in the in the Khamaab district of the northern Jawzjan province. According to the provincial security chief, at least four of the kidnapped police officers are wounded and in need of medical attention. The militants also took a police vehicle along with the officer’s personnl weapons and a heavy machine gun. (khaama.com, 14 August 2015)
August 13, 2015 More
In an audio message posted online, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has pledged allegiance to, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the new Afghan Taliban chief. The audio announcement, Zawahiri's first message since September 2014, was issued by al-Qaeda's media arm al-Sahab. While al-Qaeda considered the creator of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, the to be the leader of the global jihadist movement, its rival group the Islamic State see its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi-- who announced the establishment of a caliphate in 2014 --as the global jihadi movement leader. The Is has been increasingly expanding into al-Qaeda's and Taliban territories.
August 13, 2015 More
Afghan authorities recovered the bodies of four men kidnapped on August 7, while at least 10 others were newly abducted, officials said August 12. The bodies, found in Nawur district of Ghazni province were those of the construction engineers abducted in Yaftal district of Badakhshan province. As three of the dead belonged to the Hazara Shiite minority, invstigtors suspect that they were kidnapped by militants due to their sect of Islam rather than for ransom. The fourth engineer was a Sunni Pashtun who was likely killed over his association with the Shiites. (rferl.org, 13 August 2015)
August 12, 2015 More
Taliban fighters dressed in police uniforms infiltrated a security forces compound in the Musa Qala district southern province of Helmand and killed all the 14 officers at the post and stole their weapons. The militants then went to another checkpoint where they killed another police officer.
August 11, 2015 More
Gunmen have released 10 men belonging to the Shiite Hazara minority community, whom they kidnapped on August 11 as they were driving to Ghazni city. According to an official with the Ghazni’s Provincial Council, local ethnic leaders mediated the release of the hostages. The captives were kidnapped in the province’s Qarabagh district and were taken to Zabul Province, just south of Ghazni. (presstv.ir, 15 August 2015)
August 10, 2015 More
A suicide car bomber detonated a VBIED at a crowded area outside Kabul airport checkpoint. At least five people were killed in the blast and 16 wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The group’s spokesman stated that the bomber targeted two armored vehicles carrying foreign troops. The recent wave of attacks in Kabul and provincial centers followed the nomination of Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour as the Taliban leader and likely serve as a massage that the group will not ease the insurgency.
August 08, 2015 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device at a gathering pro-government militia in the in the in Khanabad district of Kunduz province. At least 29 militiamen were killed in the blast.
August 07, 2015 More
At around 10:15 p.m. local time, unidentified militants attacked Camp Integrity, which host U.S. security contractors and a U.S. special forces, located north of Kabul airport. The attack initiated with the explosion of two VBIEDs at the entrance to the base and followed by small arms fire that lasted for hours. One American soldier and eight Afghan contractors were killed in the attack and several American soldiers wounded. At least two of the attackers were also killed.
August 07, 2015 More
A suicide bomber, dressed in police uniforms, detonated his explosives device among police cadets outside the police academy in Kabul. The attack took place as the cadets were returning to the academy after the weekend. At least 26 cadets were killed in the blast and 28 wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
August 07, 2015 More
A suicide car bomber detonated a truck bomb near the army intelligence compound in the Shah Shahid neighborhood of Kabul.  At least 15 people were killed in the blast and 400 wounded, mostly from shattered glass. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, which caused significant material damage to buildings and shops in the area. The blast was reportedly unusually powerful in Kabul, where magnet bombs or suicide attacks have become a weekly occurrence as the Taliban and other militants seeking to destabilize the government.
August 06, 2015 More
A suicide bomber driving a mini-truck VBIED targeted an Afghan military and paramilitary base in the city of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital of Logar province, located about 100 km/ 62 miles from Kabul. Six people, including three civilians and three soldiers, were killed in the blast and 13 wounded. The strong explosion inflicted severe damage to adjunct buildings and broke windows 1Km/0,5 mile away. According to UN figures nearly 5000 civilian casualties were registered in the country in the first half of 2015.
July 31, 2015 More
Just days after news of the death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar broke out, reports of the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani—the founder of the militant Haqqani network have also emerged, but denied by his family. According to sources close to the militant group, Haqqani, had died at least a year ago following a long illness and was buried in Afghanistan. His family members confirmed that he was in ill health but denied his death. Haqqani's son, Sirajuddin Haqqani, has long been thought to be the leader of the group and has been announced as a deputy leader of the Taliban on July 29. The Haqqani network - based in the tribal regions of Pakistan—has links to al-Qaeda and the Taliban–and was behind many of the deadliest suicide attacks in Kabul in recent years.
July 30, 2015 More
A day after the National Afghan intelligence announced the death of the Taliban leader Mullah Omar in Pakistani hospital in April 2013, the group’s Shura Council has announced the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who headed the Quetta Shurta, as his successor. The new appointment, which is opposed by several senior leaders, is likely to divide the militants. The group also appointed Siraj Haqqani, a key commander of the Haqqani network, as Mansour's deputy. Meanwhile, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said it will postpone the second round of talks between Kabul and the Afghan Taliban, which had been expected to resume on July 31.
July 29, 2015 More
According to the spokesman of the national security services, the head of the Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died in April 2013 of health problems at a hospital in Pakistan. Though the militant group has yet to comment, Taliban's two main councils in Quetta and Peshawar in Pakistan are reportedly engaged in intensive talks to agree on a replacement for Mullah Omar. Mullah Omar has not been seen in public since the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001 and has been reported dead several times in the past. Though Mullah Omar’s death will not affect the country security conditions in the short term, but could potentially affect the Taliban’s unity amid deepening divisions within the group and the growing influence of rival militant groups like the Islamic State.
July 27, 2015 More
Unidentified gunmen opened fire at a wedding ceremony in the Deh Salah district of Baghlan province, killing at least 21 guests and wounding eight. It was not immediately clear what prompted the attack, but militants’ activity has increased in the province over the past year resulting in the creation on numerous private militias. Violence has increased sharply this year in most parts of Afghanistan, after U.S.-led forces formally ended their combat mission at the end of 2014, leaving a small contingent of about 12,000 NATO troops to train Afghan forces.
July 22, 2015 More
A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed at least 15 people and wounded 38 near a busy marketplace in the northwest Almar, a district of Faryab province on the borders Turkmenistan. Security officials suspect that the explosion occurred prematurely and that the intended target was a nearby police checkpoint. Though no group claimed responsibility, the Taliban militants have regularly use suicide bombers to attack Afghan government and foreign troops in the area.
July 17, 2015 More
At least one person was killed and 11 wounded when a bomb hidden inside a mosque in the Kangori area in the Sholgar district of Balkh province. The explosion occurred at around 8:30 a.m. shortly after a prayer service marking the Islamic celebration of Eid al-Fitr. No groups claimed responsibility for the bombing.
July 15, 2015 More
Unidentified gunmen shot and killed two police officers as they were sitting in their vehicle in the Chonie area of the southern city of Kandahar. One of the officers was the commander of a police district. Two other officers were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
July 13, 2015 More
Two bombs IEDs exploded in Kabul’s central Kolola Pushta neighborhood. The first IED detonated in front of Central Hotel, injured one person. The second IED exploded in the neighborhood’s Ansari Square, causing damage but no casualties. No group claimed responsibility for the bombings.
July 12, 2015 More
A suicide car bomber detonated a VBIED at a checkpoint near Camp Chapman, formerly used by the CIA, in the city of Khost the capital of the southeastern Khost province. At least 27 civilians, mostly women and children, and six security personnel were killed in the attack. No group has claimed responsibility, although the Taliban has increased their attacks since the group launched its spring offensive in late April.
July 08, 2015 More
The first female to be nominated for Afghanistan's Supreme Court by President Ashraf Ghani, Anisa Rasouli, was rejected by the Parliament. His nominee rejection served as yet another sign of his political struggle within his own government.  The decision follows the rejection of his nominee to the position of defense minister a week earlier.
July 07, 2015 More
Government and Taliban representatives met in Pakistan for two days of talks in Islamabad, Pakistan. The meeting, one of the highest-level contacts between the two fighting parties in recent years, aimed at ending the long-running conflict. According to Pakistani officials, U.S. and Chinese officials participated in the meeting as observers. As with the previous talks, no breakthrough is expected and the fighting is likely to continue.
July 07, 2015 More
Two suspected militants wearing suicide vests attempted to storm offices of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) -- Afghanistan’s intelligence agency -- in the eastern Kabul. The two shot dead an NDS guard and wounded another but were killed by other guards before they reached the facility. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The insurgents have stepped up their violent campaign in recent months, taking advantage of the warmer weather of spring and summer. The group has been making territorial gains, especially in northern areas of the country.
July 07, 2015 More
At around 11:30 local time a suicide car bomber detonated a VBIED near a convoy of foreign forces in Kabul’s Shah Shahid district. Though no casualties were reported among the troops, five civilians were wounded in the blast. The Hezb-e-Islami claimed responsibility for the attack.
July 07, 2015 More
Unknown gunmen intercepted and kidnapped three construction engineers as they were traveling to work in the Yaftal district of northeastern Badakhshan province. No group, including the Taliban, has claimed responsibility for their kidnapping. (tolonews.com, 8 July 2015)
July 06, 2015 More
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued an Emergency Message warning American nationals living in the Kabul; of a planned VBIED attack in the vicinity of the Shar-e Naw neighborhood of the city. According to the embassy, the target will likely be a hotel frequented by foreigners.
July 05, 2015 More
A police officer and two civilians were killed and 13 others wounded in an IED explosion at a police checkpoint in the southern city of Kandahar. There was no claim of responsibility for the bombing, but the Taliban are the likeliest perpetrators.
June 30, 2015 More
Two children were injured when a magnetic explosives device attached to an army vehicle exploded at around 11:30 a.m. in Kabul. An hour earlier an IED detonated in the Kart-e-Now area causing no casualties or damage.
June 30, 2015 More
A suicide car bomber targeted a foreign military convoy as it was traveling near the 3rd Macroryan market on Kabul’s Airport Road close to the Supreme Court building and the U.S. Embassy. At least four civilians were killed and 21 wounded in the explosion, which caused extensive damage to nearby stores and destroyed six vehicles. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
June 28, 2015 More
An Iranian truck driver, who was intercepted and kidnapped on June 23 by unknown gunmen in Herat province, has been released. According to Herat governor office spokesman, the Iranian national was released in Ishaq Suleiman in the vicinity of Anjil district of Herat province. Two other Iranian truck drivers are still in the hands of kidnappers. (irna.ir, 28 June 2015)
June 23, 2015 More
The Iranian Consulate in western Herat province confirmed the kidnapping of an Iranian national on the Herat– Islam-Qala highway by unidentified gunmen. Talking to reporters, the Iranian consulate deputy identified the victim as a driver. The official added that the kidnapping marked the third abduction of Iranian national in the area. On 19 June another Iranian driver was kidnapped and his fate is still unknown. (pajhwok.com, 24 June 2015)
June 22, 2015 More
According to local reports, a Dutch woman, who who heads the Afghan office of Swiss aid group Helvetas, was kidnapped from a district of Kabul, which is popular with foreigners. The information is said to come from the Afghan foreign affairs ministry and has not yet been confirmed by Dutch officials. (dutchnews.nl, 22 June 2015)
June 21, 2015 More
A roadside bomb in the Taliban stronghold in the Marjah district of Helmand province has killed at least 12 members of the same family, including women and children. The family was reportedly fleeing the area after hearing a government offensive against the Taliban was imminent.
June 21, 2015 More
Government forces have launched a counter-offensive against the Taliban, after the militants took control of the Chardara district located near the city of Kunduz, the provincial capital of Kunduz province. According to Chardara district officials the district had fall to the Taliban after hours of fighting during which 12 soldiers were killed and 17 wounded. Meanwhile, government forces recaptured the Yumgan district in Badakshan province from the Taliban.
June 14, 2015 More
The internal intelligence agency announced that a senior Taliban commander--known as a shadow governor--for the eastern province of Kunar was killed along with two other commanders in a U.S. air strike. The U.S.-led coalition force did not immediately confirm it carried out the raid.
June 14, 2015 More
The chief the northern Takhar province Eshkamish district and three of his body guards were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb. The official was on his way to visit security personnel manning a checkpoint attacked by the Taliban a day earlier, when the insurgents activated the remote control IED.
June 10, 2015 More
Militants from Afghanistan's eastern province of Ghazni released 24 out of 34 Kandahar University professors and students they held hostage for nearly two weeks. The group was kidnapped on June 10 from a bus traveling along the highway in Qara Bagh district of Ghazni. According to local officials, the hostages were freed unconditionally due to intervention of local government officials and mediation of local leaders. A Taliban statement had also confirmed the release. (twocircles.net, 23 June 2015)
June 02, 2015 More
Nine local employees of a Czech charity, People in Need (PIN), have been killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in the northern Balkh province. According to PIN, the dead include two drivers, two security guards and five project staff, one of whom is a woman. Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Taliban are the most likely perpetrators.
May 28, 2015 More
The German foreign ministry announced the release of a kidnapped German national who was abducted in mid-April. Talking to reporters the ministry spokeswoman stated that the man, working for the German development agency (GIZ), was well and in the custody of the German consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif” in northern Afghanistan. The spokeswoman declined to provide further details on the case, which was kept quiet during the hostage's captivity, but said a crisis team had worked to secure his release. It is unclear if ransom was paid to gain the man’s release. (thelocal.de, 29 May 2015)
May 26, 2015 More
Four attackers, including at least one suicide bomber, attacked a courthouse in Maidan Shar the provincial capital of the eastern Maidan Wardak province. The suicide bomber detonated his explosives device at the entrance of a complex allowing the gunmen who were dressed in police uniforms to enter the building. Two police officers were killed in the attack and three civilians were injured, before police officers killed the three gunmen. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident.
May 26, 2015 More
Shortly before 23:00, four heavily armed Taliban militants attacked the Rabbani Guesthouse (formerly known as Heetal guesthouse) located in the upscale Wazir Akbar Khan district, of Kabul. All four were killed following a six hour gun battle with security forces. In December 2009, at least eight people were killed in a Taliban suicide bombing attack on the Heetal guesthouse.
May 25, 2015 More
A suicide truck bomber detonated the VBIED carrying an estimated ton of explosives outsde a government compound in the city of Qalat, the capital of Zabul province. According to local government official 73 people, including six police officers and four members of the provincial council, were wounded in the blast, which caused severe damage to the compound. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. In the first four months of 2015, civilian casualties jumped 16% over the same period last year, it said. The Afghan government has drawn public criticism for its inability to end insurgent attacks.
May 25, 2015 More
Two Taliban gunmen stormed a training center in Kandahar the capital of Kandahar province. A civilian woman was killed in the crossfire between the Afghan National Police and the gunmen. One police officer was also injured in the attack, which lasted several hours.
May 24, 2015 More
At least 13 police officers were killed and 16 injured in Taliban militants on ten police checkpoints in Sangin district of the restive Helmand province. According to the director of Helmand province's Joint Coordination Office, Taliban fighters managed to capture three checkpoints. Afghan security forces have been battling the Taliban in Helmand province since April 24 when the militants launched their annual summer offensive.
May 23, 2015 More
A remote controlled roadside bomb struck the vehicle of Charcheno district, Uruzgan province chief. The official and one of his bodyguards were killed in the blast and a third person was injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, though the province has experienced an increase in violence by the Taliban in recent months.
May 21, 2015 More
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) released a security warning that reports from early May indicate that terrorists may be planning to attacks on residences used by foreigners in the city of Jalalabad in the near future. The statement did not identified the targets or nature of the planned attacks.
May 17, 2015 More
At around 9 a.m. local time, a suicide car bomber rammed his VBIED into a convoy of foreign troops near the entrance of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Two civilian and a British security contractor were killed and injured 18 others, including three police officers from the EU mission Eupol were injured. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack.
May 16, 2015 More
Taliban militants kidnapped 27 people in the eastern Karam district of southeastern Paktia province after setting up a road block and pulling them from their vehicles at gunpoint. The Taliban spokesman confirmed the mass abduction and said that the insurgents suspect that the hostages were government workers. Hours later the militants released 25 of the hostages keeping two of them. (khaleejtimes.com, 17 May 2015)
May 14, 2015 More
A heavily armed gunman opened fire inside the Park Palace guesthouse in central Kabul killing at least 14 people, including four Indian nationals, an American and an Afghan with British nationality, attending a dinner and arriving for a concert. In an emailed statement to media outlet, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack. The spokesman claimed that the attacker who was also carrying explosives targeted the concert with the aim of killing foreign citizens in retaliation for the United States and its allies supporting the Kabul government of President Ashraf Ghani.
May 12, 2015 More
A civilian vehicle struck a land mine while traveling between the Arghastan and Marouf districts in southern Kandahar, killing five passengers and wounding three others.
May 11, 2015 More
Nineteen of the 31 kidnapped members of the Hazara community were released by their captors in exchange for the release of 22 Uzbek militants from government prisons. Though the allegiances of the freed militants were not immediately clear, the involvement of Uzbeks suggests the hostage-takers might be from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) insurgent group. The Taliban denial of carrying out the mass kidnapping had fuelled suspicions that militants aligned with the Islamic State group were responsible. The Hazaras were kidnapped from a bus in Zabul province on February 23 as they return from Iran to the Afghan capital, Kabul. The kidnappers are demanding the release of six Uzbek women in return for 11 Hazaras whom they are still holding. (bbc.com, 11 May 2015)
May 10, 2015 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device outside a minibus carrying employees of the Attorney General’s office in Kabul. At least three people were killed in the blast and 16 injured. The attack marked the second suicide bombing to target employees from the Attorney General’s office in the capital within a week. The Taliban claimed responsibility for both of attacks.
May 10, 2015 More
According to the interior ministery at least 51 militants were killed in series of joint oppertions carried out by the national police and military forces in Kunar, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Kunduz, Faryab, Badakhshan, Sar-e Pol, Jozjan, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Logar, Ghazni, Paktia, Herat and Badghis provinces. At least 15 militants were wounded and one was captured.
May 07, 2015 More
Unknown gunmen kidnapped a businessman in the Taimani area of Kabul. The gunmen opened fire on the businessman and his relatives, injuring two people. The whereabouts of the businessman is currently unknown and an investigation into the incident is ongoing. (khaama.com, 7 May 2015)
May 04, 2015 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device outside a shuttle bus operated by the office of Afghanistan's attorney general in Kabul’s Dar-ul-Aman area. Two civilians were killed in the blast and 20 others injured. In a text message to media outlets, the Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack marked the first major attack since the group announced its annual spring offensive in April. The attack comes despite the ongoing peace talks between Taliban leaders and Afghan authorities in Qatar.
April 24, 2015 More
Taliban militants fired rockets at government facilities in the southeastern province of Ghazni. The rockets targeted the Information and Culture Directorate, the provincial municipality facility and a museum. While the militants claimed to have inflicted heavy casualties, local officials stated that there were no casualties.
April 24, 2015 More
President Ashraf Ghani swore in 16 new members to his Cabinet whose nominations were endorsed by the parliament. The process of forming national unity government has been delayed repeatedly due to disagreements between Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. The nomination of the new ministers has completed the unity Cabinet, excluding the yet elected defense minister. 
April 22, 2015 More
Taliban leaders announced that the group will officially launch it’s the annual spring offensive against the Afghan government on April 24. The offensive will be the first since most international troops left the country in late 2014. Despite President Obama officially declaring an end of combat American operations in the country, the U.S. military is conducting regular airstrikes against insurgents and sending Special Operations troops for “training and advising” Afghan troops.
April 21, 2015 More
Two police officers and a woman were killed and 17 people, including police officers and civilians were injured in an explosion near a police facility in the city of Kandahar, Kandahar province. The explosion occurred as police officers attempted to defuse an IED seized from the Taliban insurgents outside the police station. Kandahar is the heartland of the Taliban insurgency and the city was the capital of the extremists' 1996-2001 regime.
April 21, 2015 More
Afghan security forces rescued 19 local employees of the mine clearing firm Sterling Demining Afghanistan, who had been kidnapped on 19 April in the eastern province of Paktia. Authorities stated that the Haqqani network was responsible for the kidnapping. Kidnappings are a significant threat in Afghanistan and can be conducted for material gain or out of political or sectarian motivations; both insurgent groups and common criminals are involved in this activity. (reuters.com, 22 April 2015)
April 19, 2015 More
A Taliban suicide car bomber detonated a VBIED at the gate of a police station in Lashkar Gah the provincial capital of the southern Helmand province. Following the blast, two militants wearing police uniforms stormed the police station firing indiscriminately. Three people, including two police officers and a civilian were killed and 11 others injured before other officers shot and killed the attackers.
April 19, 2015 More
Taliban insurgents kidnapped 19 deminers working for Sterling Demining Afghanistan as they were surveying an area on the outskirts of Gardez, the provincial capital of Paktia province. The abductees were reportedly taken to Zurmat district, which is mostly under the militants' control. In addition to the increasingly deadly Taliban insurgency, kidnappings by criminal gangs have become more common in Afghanistan, causing many people fear to travel on highways. (reuters.com, 20 April 2015)
April 14, 2015 More
Unidentified gunmen kidnapped four ethnic Hazara men in the southern province of Ghazni and beheaded their captives, according to a statement from President Ashraf Ghani's office. The four were kidnapped on 14 April while traveling to buy livestock. (reuters.com, 20 April 2015)
April 10, 2015 More
A suicide bomber detonated a VBIED near a convoy carrying foreigners in the Despechari area of Kabul. Three civilians were killed in the blast and four others injured. No casualties were reported among the troops. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
April 10, 2015 More
A roadside blast killed 12 people, half of them women and children, on their way to a wedding in Ghazni province located south of Kabul. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
April 10, 2015 More
A suicide car bomber detonated his VBIED just outside Jalalabad airport in the Nangarhar province as a convoy of foreign troops was passing. At least 4 civilians were killed and 12 others were wounded in the attack and only minor injuries to several of the troops in the convoy.
April 09, 2015 More
Five gunmen dressed in military uniforms stormed the office of the attorney general in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif and engaged security forces in a six-hour long firefight. At least six people, including two police officers, were killed in the attack and 63 wounded of whom 26 were police officers. The Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack.
April 08, 2015 More
A US soldgier was killed and two others wounded in an insider attack by an Afghan soldier in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. The attack took place as a US diplomat, whom they escorted was leaving a meeting with the of Nangarhar provincial governor. The Afghan soldier was also killed.
April 07, 2015 More
Militants, who kidnapped 31 ethnic Hazara passengers from a bus in February, have released a video showing one of the hostages being beheaded. The gunmen who identified themselves as members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) threatened to execute more hostages if their demands to release jailed comrades were not met. Earlier reports speculated that Islamic State militants had seized the hostages as they travelled from Iran to Kabul through Zabul province. (bbc.com, 7 April 2015)
April 06, 2015 More
Four police officers were killed and two injured when the vehicle they were traveling in hit a roadside bomb in the Murkazi district of the northern Baghlan province. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing.
April 06, 2015 More
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a security massage warning US nationals of intelligence suggesting that militants are plotting attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in the country. Though the type of the attacks or targets were not specified, the embassy massage stated that locations and individuals with potential American connections including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies, foreign guest houses, hotels, airports, civilian institutes, and educational centers amy be targeted.
April 06, 2015 More
In a rare public protest against the policies of the new government of President Ashraf Ghani, nearly 6000 business owners shut up their businesses in Kabul and marched through the city streets to protest tax hikes. Businessmen, shop owners and traders protested against what they say was unfair tax rise imposed in recent months. Some claimed that the rise in taxes has been about 600%, though there are no official statistics. Economic growth in Afghanistan has dropped to around 0 % from double digits just three years ago. According to analysts the drop was mainly due to the foreign troops and NGOs pullout from the country.
April 06, 2015 More
Four police officers and two civilians were killed and two other wounded in a roadside bombing in the town of Qarabagh, located about 50Km/30 miles, north of the capital city of Kabul. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing.
April 02, 2015 More
A suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of a demonstration against corruption near the house of the governor of the eastern province of Khost. At least 17 people were killed in the blast and 64 wounded. The Taliban have denied involvement in the attack. Violence has escalated in Afghanistan as most foreign troops withdrew from the country. According to the United Nations at least 3,188 civilian were killed and 6,429 were injured in 2014 making it the deadliest year since the US-led military intervention in the country.
March 31, 2015 More
Following a firefight, agents from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) arrested a senior Taliban commander in Kabul. According to NDS officials the Taliban commander, who was arrested in the city’s fifth police district, was planning attacks on foreigners.
March 29, 2015 More
Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a businessman and two of his companions in the Sholgar district of northern Balkh province. The men were intercepted and kidnapped while on their way to Mazar-i-Sharif. Police launched a search operation to locate the abductees and their kidnappers. (pajhwok.com, 30 March 2016)
March 25, 2015 More
A suicide car bomber detonated his VBIED near a police station in Kabul’s Morad-Khani district where the presidential palace and the Ministry of Finance are located. At least six people were killed in the blast and 31 wounded. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
March 24, 2015 More
Nearly 3000 people gathered outside the Supreme Court building in Kabul in a second consecutive day to protest the lynching of a woman by a mob falsely accusing her of burning a copy of the Quran. According to police and the woman’s family, the victim had urged women at the Shah-e Do-Shamshera shrine not to buy amulets from faith healers and fortune tellers, which prompted the rumors about her burning a copy of the Quran. Thus far police arrested 28 men suspected of participating in the lynching.
March 24, 2015 More
During a joint press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, President Barak Obama announced that the United States will maintain its existing troop levels in Afghanistan until at least 2016. The United States was due to cut its troop presence to 5,500 by the end of 2015, but at the request of the Afghan president, Obama agreed to maintain around 10,000 troops, which will provide training, intelligence and advisory roles.
March 23, 2015 More
Hundreds of people gathered outside a mosque in Kabul and in the western city of Herat to demand justice for a 27-year-old woman who was lynched by a mob on 19 March over allegations that she had burned a copy of the Quran. Police investigation later reviled that the accusations against her were baseless and arrested 13 men who participated in her lynching and burning her body. At least 13 police officers were suspended for not intervening to stop the attack.
March 21, 2015 More
Afghan president Ashraf Ghani publicly acknowledged for the first time that the Islamic State (IS) was gaining influence in the country. According to Ghani the Pakistani military offensives on its northwestern frontier were driving terrorist networks such as al-Qaeda into Afghan territory. The president's remarks come before he traveled to meets U.S. president and addresses the congress on March 25 seeking to slow the of U.S. troops withdrawal. There have been growing reports that some Taliban commanders fighting the Afghan government are swearing allegiance to the Islamic State.
March 16, 2015 More
An unspecified number of masked gunmen kidnapped six people from the Hazara ethnic minority on the road between the western cities of Farah and Herat in the Kanisk area of Farah province. Unconfirmed reports, suggest that four of the abductees were soldiers of the Afghan National Army. No further details are currently available. (tolonews.com, 17 March 2015)
March 15, 2015 More
Gunmen kidnapped 8 ethnic Hazara people from two cars in eastern Afghanistan, but later released all but one of the hostages. The Hazzras are Persian-speaking Shiite Muslim minority group that live mainly in central Afghanistan and Pakistan. The faith of the last hostage remains unknown. (reuters.com, 16 March 2015)
March 11, 2015 More
Unidentified gunmen in the Pashtun Zarghoon district of Herat province kidnapped three senior provincial officials, including included the district’s administrative chief, human rights head and a primary court judge as they were on their way to the Heart the provincial capital. One of the captives was freed shortly after the abduction. Tribal elders were trying to secure the release of the two other officials. No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. (pajhwok.com, 11 March 2016)
March 04, 2015 More
Afghan security forces have killed 48 militants, 21 of whom were foreigners, in an operation aimed at freeing a group of 30 ethnic Hazara hostages kidnapped on 23 February by militants in the southern province of Zabul. The hostages were forced off two buses in the province as they were traveling late at night to the capital, Kabul. A team of Afghan army, police and intelligence agents had identified several locations where the civilians were being held, but had yet to free any hostages.
March 03, 2015 More
According to media reports citing the brother of the Indian priest, who was released by the Taliban on February 22, a ransom was likely paid to secure his release. The brother also revealed that the negotiations to release his brother were held in Doha, Qatar, which was confirmed by a former Taliban leader, who still has contacts with the group. (hindustantimes.com, 3 March 2015)
March 03, 2015 More
The bodies of five local aid workers, kidnapped in Trinkot the capital of the Uruzgan province on March 3 were found in the Chanarto district of the province. Talking to reporters, a spokesman for the provincial governor said that Taliban militants demanding the release of jailed comrades kidnapped the five Save the Children aid workers. As the demand was rejected, the militants executed the hostages. (theguardian.com, 11 April 2015)
March 02, 2015 More
President Ashraf Ghani fired 27 senior police officers, including 17 of Kabul district chiefs and 10 counter-narcotics officers, suspected to have links to warlords. Since taking office in September 2014, Pr esident Ghani has repeatedly sacked officials accused of corruption. While Ghani announced that the officers were dismissed as a drive towards good governance, many of the “removed” officers were handed new jobs and awards.
February 26, 2015 More
A suicide car bomber detonated his VBIED near a vehicle owned by the Turkish embassy in Kabul’s diplomatic quarter. At the time of the attack, the vehicle was carrying a security team charged with protecting the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan. Two people, including an Afghan passerby and the driver of the vehicle, were killed in the explosion.
February 24, 2015 More
Police is investigating a truck bomb explosion which occurred on the outskirts of Kabul, investigators suspect that the VBIED prematurely exploded before it reached the heavily guarded city center believed to be the intended target. The blast caused damage to surrounding residential buildings and lightly injured a bakery shop worker. Police officers found six dismembered hands believed to have belonged to insurgents aboard the truck, but they had been unable to match them and determine how many individuals were involved.
February 24, 2015 More
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued an emergency message, warning American nationals that it has received information that as of late February, militants plan to conduct multiple imminent attacks against an unspecified target or targets in the capital, though the timing, target/s location, or method of attacks are unknown.
February 23, 2015 More
Unidentified gunmen in the southern Zabul province intercepted two buses and kidnapped around 30 people belonging to the ethnic Hazara minority. The passengers were reportedly forced off the buses after their documents showed they belonged to the Shi'ite minority group. Talking to reporters, the bus company manager stated that the drivers stopped the buses thinking that the gunmen were military personnel as they wore army uniforms. In a similar incident in July 2014, Taliban militants stopped two minibuses in the central province of Ghor and shot dead 14 passengers identified as belonging to the Hazara group. (reuters.com, 24 February 2015)
February 22, 2015 More
Taliban militants have released a Roman Catholic Indian priest whom they kidnapped by the Taliban in June 2014. It is unclear if ransom was paid for the release of the priest, who worked for the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) as country director and was based in Herat province. He was dropped off a short distance from the Indian consulate in Kandahar. (catholicherald.co.uk, 23 February 2015)
February 19, 2015 More
At about 1 p.m. a group of Taliban militants attacked a bazaar in the Spin Boldak district of southern province of Kandahar. The militants detonated an IED at the bazaar and exchanged fire with security forces as they arrived at the market. Four civilians were killed and eight others were injured in the attack.
February 17, 2015 More
A magnetic bomb attached to a 4-wheel-drive vehicle exploded in the east Kabul. The blast wounded one person. No other information was released by Kabul police and its unclear if the wounded person was the intended target or a bystander.
February 17, 2015 More
Four suicide bombers wearing police uniforms attacked the police headquarters in Logar. The four dissented from a vehicle and two blew themselves up at the entrance to the compound. The two other attackers managed to enter the headquarters and two detonated their explosives devices in the kitchen and the dining room of the compound. At least 20 police officers were killed in the attack and eight wounded. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
February 15, 2015 More
The bullet-riddled bodies of six Pakistanis, who were kidnapped nearly two months ago and were killed few days ago, were found and handed over to Pakistani officials at Torkham border post. The six were part of a group of nine mustard oil and esi ghee (clarified butter) traders from the Pakistani town of Prang, in Charsadda district who were kidnapped in mid-February in the Afghan Nangarhar province. Two other traders remain missing and their faith is unknown while the ninth an elderly man was released by the kidnappers shortly after the kidnapping. The motive behind the kidnapping and subsequent murder is unknown, as no ransom was demanded for the traders’ release. (dawn.com, 8 April 2015)
February 10, 2015 More
Taliban militants attacked a police headquarters in the northern province of Kunduz. Two suicide bombers set off their explosives at the entrance to the compound after which three militants entered the station and fire at police officers. One officer and the gunmen were killed in the exchange of fire.
February 10, 2015 More
One civilian was killed and four others wounded when a bomb exploded in Jalalabad the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar Province. According to police, the device was a magnetic bomb that was attached to the vehicle of member of the Provincial Council. The official was injured in the blast.
February 04, 2015 More
Taliban insurgents released a kidnapped female Ugandan aid worker, employed by the Save the Children NGO. The woman was abducted during an attack on the NGO compound-- guarded by United Nations forces-- two weeks earlier. Her kidnapping was suspected to be in retaliation for two female Taliban terrorists who had been arrested by the coalition forces. The kidnapping was kept secret for fear that publicity would put her life in danger. The circumstances of her release are unknown and it is unclear if ransom was paid to gain her release. There are about 20 Ugandans working in Afghanistan with NGOs, the UN and as private security guards. (newvision.co.ug, 18 February 2015)
February 02, 2015 More
Taliban insurgents, some of whom were reportedly wearing police uniforms, attacked a police checkpoint in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province. At least five officers were killed in the attack.
February 02, 2015 More
Taliban militants staged an attack in the Chishti Sharif district of the western Herat province. At least four police officers were killed in the attack. According to the district police chief, a police officer assigned to the checkpoint disappeared after the attack, raising suspicion he escaped with the Taliban and helped facilitate the attack.
January 31, 2015 More
An anti-Charlie Hebdo protest in the capital Kabul turned violent after a group of armed protestors began blocking roads with burning tires, throwing rocks and shooting at police officers. As protestors attempted to attack several government buildings and a local bank police moved in to disperse the protestors. Eight demonstrators and a police officer were injured by gunfire.
January 30, 2015 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device at a funeral in the Laghman province held for the victims of an earlier Taliban attack. At least 16 people were killed in the blast and 39 wounded.
January 29, 2015 More
Three American contractors and an Afghan soldier were shot to death in the North Kabul International Airport. It was not immediately clear who did the shooting, though the attack was suspected to be a case of an ” insider attack” carried out by the Afghan soldier.
January 29, 2015 More
The U.S. Embassy released a warning massage alerting US nationals in Afghanistan about militants’ plots to carry unspecified attack against two U.S. nationals - a male and a female – teaching at the Nangarhar University in Nangarhar Province. According to the release the militants planned to use either poison or an improvised explosive device (IED) in the attack.  There was no further information regarding the timing, target, location, or method of any planned attacks.
January 23, 2015 More
Thousands of people gathered in Kabul to protests against the publication of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of Prophet Muhammad. Protesters chanted anti-French and anti-U.S. slogans; there were no reports of violence.
January 13, 2015 More
Armed militants have abducted five health workers in southern Uruzgan province as they delivered medical aid to residents in the Khas Uruzgan district of the province. A statement by the provincial governor office identified four of the abductees as three doctors and a driver. (afghanistantimes.af, 13 January 2015)
January 13, 2015 More
Two civilians were killed and two others wounded when a magnetic bomb attached to a van exploded in the heavily-fortified Chehelsatoon neighborhood of Kabul. A police spokesman confirmed that vehicle was carrying security officials, but declined to identify to what branch they belonged. A Taliban spokesman talking to reporters claimed that the bombing killed a senior National Directorate of Security (NDS) and four of his bodyguards.
January 09, 2015 More
Taliban militants released two deminers employed by the Hello Trust-- a mine clearing NGO--along with six drivers a day after they were kidnapped in the Daudkhel area close to Pul-i-Alm, the provincial capital of Logar province. During the attack the kidnappers torched four of the NGO’s vehicles and two ambulances. The captives were taken to Zarghoon Shahr, a village in Mohammad Aghi district where they held until their release. (thekabultimes.gov.af, 10 January 2015)
January 07, 2015 More
A Russian pilot kidnapped by Taliban militants in April 2014 was released unharmed by his captors. The pilot was seized in the Azra area of Logar province after the helicopter he was flying suffered mechanical problems. The pilot was kidnapped along with eight Turks, one Russian, one Kazak’s national, an Uzbek and two Afghans all of whom were released during 2014. It is unclear if ransom was paid for the release of the hostages. (thekabultimes.gov.af, 11 January 2015)
January 07, 2015 More
Three Taliban suicide bombers attacked a police training facility in the southeastern city of Khost in the Khost province. One of the attackers detonated a car bomb at the gate of the compound allowing the two assailants to enter the facility, throwing hand grenades and fire at officers before detonating their explosives. Two police officers suffered minor injuries; there were no reports of fatalities aside from the assailants.
January 07, 2015 More
Insurgents killed six construction workers working on a road project, including the head of the construction company, in northern Baghlan province. One laborer was injured in the attack and two are missing.
January 07, 2015 More
A judge serving as the head of the e appellate court for Laghman province was killed and two of his children were wounded when a sticky bomb attached to his vehicle exploded in the Eidgah area in the city of Jalalabad. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assassination.
January 07, 2015 More
At least 10 people were injured when the minibus they were traveling in hit a landmine in the Shah Walikot district of the southern province of Kandahar. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing.
December 29, 2014 More
Kabul police arrested an 18-year-old male who intended to stage a suicide attack in Kabul. Officials released no details about the intended timing or target of the planned attack.
December 18, 2014 More
A police officer was killed and another two others were wounded when a Taliban suicide bomber they were following detonated the explosives in his vehicle. The incident took place at village near Kabul International Airport on the outskirts of the capital.
December 17, 2014 More
Three Taliban militants stormed into a Kabul bank branch in Lashkar Gah, the capital of southern Helmand province after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the entrance to the building. At least 10 people were killed and 15 wounded in the attack, which took place as government officials and soldiers were collecting their salaries.
December 17, 2014 More
Taliban militants freed four Tajikistani soldiers, kidnapped on 17 December 2014 on the common border between the countries, after Qatari authorities mediated for their release. The circumstance of their release remains unknown, though the Taliban initially demanded the release of jailed comrades in exchange for releasing the abducted soldiers. (news.tj, 16 June 2015)
December 14, 2014 More
According to the Interior Ministry, Kabul police prevented a large scale suicide attack in the city after officers seized a truck laden with explosives and a large amount of ammunition in the city’s 5th police district. The ministry did not identified the intended target of the attack
December 13, 2014 More
Atiqullah Rawoofi, the head of the Afghan Supreme Court's secretariat, was shot dead in Kabul by two men on a motorbike as he walked from his home to his car.
December 13, 2014 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device next to a military bus carrying soldiers in Kabul. At least seven soldiers were killed in the blast and seven others wounded.. The attacks come as the Taliban continues its campaign against Western targets as the United States and NATO draw down troop levels.
December 13, 2014 More
Suspected Taliban gunmen on motorcycles attacked a landmine-clearing team near the former British base of Camp Bastion in Helmand province. At least 12 minesweepers were killed in the attack and 12 others injured. Troops later engaged the attackers, killing four and capturing three. Several others were reported missing after the attack, believed abducted.
December 11, 2014 More
A 17- years- old suicide bomber detonated his explosives device at the Istiqlal School a French-run high school and home to the French Cultural Centre in Kabul. One German national was killed in the blast and 15 other people were injured. The attack came as about 500 guests were in the school auditorium to watch a play hosted by the cultural center. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
December 11, 2014 More
Six Afghan soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives device near a military microbus in Kabul. At least 10 people, including civilians, were wounded in the blast. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
November 29, 2014 More
Dozens of Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the former U.S. and British base Camp Bastion in southern the base in Helmand province, which they left in October. After the suicide bombers detonated their devices at the main gate, some of the insurgents managed to get inside the camp and engaged the Afghan forces in a firefight. According to a spokesman for Helmand's governor, at least five soldiers and 26 insurgents were killed in the attack. The Taliban claimed that hundreds had been killed in the attack.
November 29, 2014 More
Three members of a South African family, including a father and his teenaged son and daughter, were killed in a Taliban insurgents attack on a guest house housing international aid workers in the western Karte Seh district of Kabul. One Taliban fighter was killed when his suicide vest exploded and the other two attackers were shot dead by security guards. Eight people, including two foreigners, were rescued from the building during the four-hour gun battle with the attackers. In a statement to the media, a Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack, which he claimed had targeted a Christian organization seeking to convert Muslims.
November 28, 2014 More
A bomb attached to a fruit cart seriously injured three people in Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh province.
November 28, 2014 More
A bomb detonated inside a mosque in northeastern Nangarhar province’s Khogyani district. That attack injured left at least 20 people.
November 28, 2014 More
A car bomb detonated at a police checkpoint in Nawzad district of Helmand province. The explosion killed three police officers and injured three others.
November 27, 2014 More
Shortly after the attack on the UK embassy in Kabul, another explosion took place in the diplomatic quarter of central Kabul and was followed by heavy gunfire. According to local media reports bodyguards belonging to Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum were seen shooting at attackers. It is not clear what the target of the second explosion was.
November 24, 2014 More
An IED attached to a bicycle detonated near a foreign military convoy in eastern Kabul. Two NATO soldiers were killed, and one Afghan citizen was injured.
November 23, 2014 More
The Afghan lower house approved security deals allowing NATO and US soldiers to remain after the withdrawal of most foreign troops next month. The total number of soldiers in the new NATO force will be about 12,000. Their mission has been defined as training, advising and assisting the Afghan security forces. There will also be a separate US-led force dealing with the remnants of al-Qaeda and fight the Taliban. The agreements with NATO and the US still need to be r approve by the upper house before it becomes official.
November 23, 2014 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device among a crowd of people gathered to watch the final of a regional volleyball tournament in the eastern Paktika province. At least 45 people were killed in the blast and 60 others were wounded.
November 19, 2014 More
Four Taliban suicide bombers tried to storm the Green Village-- an international zone-- located on firefight with the compound guards, during which they tossed grenades and fired from light and heavy weapons. The attackers were unable to breach the compound exterior wall. One Afghan guard was injured in the attack. The Taliban have stepped up their attacks since the inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani in late September. Kabul’s eastern outskirts after a suicide car bomber detonated a van laden with explosives. The militants were killed after an hour long firefight.
November 19, 2014 More
According media reports, the Pentagon paid a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of the US Army Sergeant who was released in May after nearly five years in captivity. The sergeant was released in a controversial exchange for five terrorists held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ransom payment was first disclosed in a letter dated November 5 by a Republican Congressman to Defense Secretary. The congressman alleged that the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made the payment covertly as part of a release deal, but the Afghan intermediary claiming to represent the Haqqani terrorist network stole the money. Pentagon officials have denied that a payment was ever made. According to a person familiar with the capture, he was sold to the Haqqani network and moved to Pakistan, complicating any covert rescue attempt. A spokesman for the congressman said the Pentagon has not responded to the congressman’s letter but is said to be working on a response. (washingtontimes.com, 19 November 2014)
November 19, 2014 More
Four Taliban suicide bombers launched an attack on eastern Kabul's Green Village, an international zone that houses foreign contractors and various facilities and  thought to be one of the safest areas in the city, The attackers detonated a car bomb at the gate, and four to six explosions were heard later, but no casualties have been reported. A truck bomb also targeted the Green Village the morning of Nov.ember 18. A security source said violence in the city is expected to increase as the United States draws down its military forces. 
November 18, 2014 More
At around 0630 local time, a suicide truck bomber detonated his VBIED at the gates of  the Hart Security Compound, which is used by foreign security contractors who work with various diplomatic missions, including the European Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL), located in Kabul’s eastern Pul-e-Charkhi district. Following the blast two other militants attempted to storm the compound but were killed by guards. Two Afghan guards were killed in the attack, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility.
November 16, 2014 More
Shukria Barakzai, a prominent lawmaker and advocate for women's rights was wounded when a suicide car bomber targeted her vehicle in the capital, Kabul. At least three bystanders were killed in the blast and 17 others, including the lawmaker were wounded. According to reports, the lawmaker was traveling in a convoy with other lawmakers on their way to parliament when a car tried to ram her vehicle and then exploded. Though no group claimed responsibility for the attack, security officials blamed the Taliban for the attack.
November 10, 2014 More
A suicide bomber ,wearing police uniforms, detonated his explosives device among police officers outside the main police station in the eastern province of Logar, located about 75Km/ 47 miles south of Kabul. At least seven officers, including a senior commander, were killed in the blast and four others wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
November 10, 2014 More
A magnetic bomb, hidden in a flower bed, near Kabul University wounded at least three people. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing.
November 10, 2014 More
Three police instructors were killed in the city of Jalalabad, when a remote controlled bomb hidden under a rickshaw hit their vehicle. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
November 09, 2014 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device inside the fortified Kabul police headquarters complex. The bomber blow himself outside the office of the police chief, who was not in the office at the time of the attack, killing his chief of Staff and wounded six other officers. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Afghan authorities are investigating how the bomber managed to pass all the security rings and entered the building.
November 07, 2014 More
Two boys, aged 12 and 17, who were kidnapped in two separate incidents in northern Balkh province, were released and their captors detained during successful operations conducted by Afghan special forces. According to Balkh province police commander, both rescue operations took place in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif. The 17 -year-old high school student was reportedly kidnapped by schoolmates with the help of other people. (tolonews.com, 28 November 2012)
October 27, 2014 More
At least seven people were killed when Taliban militants attacked a appeals court building in the northern city of Kunduz in the Kunduz Province. A suicide bomber detonated his VBIED at the compound main gate allowing three other militants to enter the court house.  Security forces retook the compound after a prolong firefight. The attack resulted in major material damage to the compound. Kunduz has long been a relatively peaceful compared to other provinces but in recent months the Taliban has been gaining ground across the province, taking advantage of a security gap left by the withdrawing NATO-led forces
October 24, 2014 More
Unidentified gunmen kidnapped 14 members, including women and children, of the same family from their home in the Khak-i-Afghan district of Zabul province. The gunmen according to a local official shot and killed one of the family members during the raid, after which they transferred the hostages to the Jaghri district of Ghazni province. No group has claimed responsibility for the mass kidnapping. (khaama.com, 27 October 2015)
October 21, 2014 More
A bomb detonated on a bus carrying Afghan soldiers in the capital city of Kabul. At least four soldiers were killed in the blast that injured 12 other people, including six civilians. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack.
October 18, 2014 More
A senior police official was killed and three other officers and a civilian were injured, when the police vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the eastern city of Khost. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing.
October 18, 2014 More
A suicide bomber, wearing police uniforms, detonated his explosives device among police officers outside the main police station in the eastern province of Logar,  located about 75Km/ 47 miles south of Kabul. At least seven officers, including a senior commander, were killed in the blast and four others wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
October 14, 2014 More
A civilian vehicle hit a roadside bomb in western Kabul. Two of the occupants were killed and three others were injured. No further details are available.
October 14, 2014 More
A civilian vehicle hit a roadside bomb in western Kabul. Two of the occupants were killed and three others were injured. No further details are available.
October 12, 2014 More
Two Taliban militants wearing police uniforms attacked the headquarters of police in the northern city Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh province. At least two people were killed in the attack and 18 others injured.
October 10, 2014 More
A magnetic bomb, hidden in a flowerbed, near Kabul University wounded at least three people. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing.
October 10, 2014 More
Germany's foreign ministry announced the release of a German national kidnapped in Pakistan in January 2012 in Afghanistan. Though the ministry declined to give any further details, a German leading newspaper identified the hostage as an employee of the German aid organization Welthungerhilfe. According to the paper German Special Forces had helped secure his release from the Taliban in Kabul. An al Qaeda-affiliated group kidnapped the man in Pakistan’s Punjab province in January 2012 where he arrived following the devastating floods of 2010. (reuters.com, 10 October 2014 & dw.de, 10 October 2014)
October 09, 2014 More
Two Pakistani engineers, kidnaped by unidentified gunmen in the city of Shebarghan city in the northern Jawzjan province on 13 September, were released unharmed by their captors. According to the local police chief, preliminary reports suggest the captors received a ransom in return for freeing the two despite the construction firm that employ them denied having paid a ransom. The kidnappers executed their Afghan driver a week after they were kidnapped and dumped his body in the Dasht-e-Laili area. (pakistantoday.com.pk, 11 October 2014)
October 09, 2014 More
Two Pakistani engineers, kidnaped by unidentified gunmen in the city of Shebarghan city in the northern Jawzjan province on 13 September, were released unharmed by their captors. According to the local police chief, preliminary reports suggest the captors received a ransom in return for freeing the two despite the construction firm that employ them denied having paid a ransom. The kidnappers executed their Afghan driver a week after they were kidnapped and dumped his body in the Dasht-e-Laili area. (pakistantoday.com.pk, 11 October 2014)
October 08, 2014 More
A suicide car bomber detonated his VBIED near the home of a former police commander in Lashkar-gah, Helmand province. At least five people were killed in the blast and 19 others were wounded. Though there was no immediate claim of responsibility, the Taliban often targets security forces and government officials.
October 02, 2014 More
In the fourth such attack within a week, a Taliban suicide bomber targeted an Afghan military bus in the capital city of Kabul. Three people were killed and 10 others were injured in the attack.
September 29, 2014 More
Ashraf Ghani, the former finance minister, was officially sworn in as president of Afghanistan during a ceremony in presidential palace in Kabul. The ceremony marks the first democratic transition in Afghanistan’s history. Ghani was declared president after an audit of nearly eight million votes, which ended three months of political deadlock and infighting. Rival Abdullah Abdullah was sworn in as chief executive, a new role with powers similar to those of a prime minister that was created to break the election deadlock.
September 28, 2014 More
A magnetic bomb attached to a military vehicle exploded near the presidential palace in Kabul. Security in the city is on high alert in view of the inauguration of Ashraf Ghani scheduled for 29 September. Reports state that at least one person was injured in the blast.
September 26, 2014 More
Hundreds of Taliban militants stormed the Ajrestan distric of Ghazni province, located just southwest of Kabul, killing more than a hundred of people in five days of fightinmg. The attack has sparked fears that the militants are linked with the Islamic State, which has been recruiting in the area recently. The provincial government has lost contact with the police in parts of the province prompting the provincial authorities to request reinforcement from the central government.
September 21, 2014 More
The presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani signed a power-sharing deal that the U.S. brokered in July. Disagreements between the two sides about details of the agreement had delayed the signing of the deal until 21 September.
September 21, 2014 More
The Independent Election Committee (IEC) officially declared Ashraf Ghani the winner of the presidential election. Abdullah Abdullah will be appointed chief executive officer, with powers equivalent to a prime minister, after the rivals signed a power-sharing deal earlier in the day.
September 16, 2014 More
A suicide car bomber detonated his VBIED near a foreign military convoy in Kabul. Three American soldiers were killed and five others were wounded in the attack as well as five civilians. The attack took place on the airport road near the US embassy at about 08:00 a.m. during heavy traffic. The Taliban said that they carried out the attack.
September 07, 2014 More
Unidentfied gunmen intercepted and kidnapped two Pakistani engineers-- who manage a construction company-- and their Afghan driver as they drove  along the Sheberghan-Bashikor highway in Jawzjan province. According to the provancial police chief, the kidnapping of the engineers may be linked to a dispute between the engineers and their third partner. The Afghan Taliban spokesperson told reporters that the militants had not kidnapped the engineers.
September 04, 2014 More
At least 11 police officers and a civilian were killed and 80 other peope were injured when Taliban militants attacked a government compound in the eastern city of Ghazni, the capital of Ghazni Province. Two suicide truck bombers detonated their vehicles at the compound gates after which, a group of militants stormed the facility. All 19 attackers were killed in the ensued firefight with security officers guarding the complex.
September 03, 2014 More
Kidnapped Hajj and Religious Affairs director for southern Ghazni province was found dead in the Syedabad district of central Maidan Wardak province. The official was intercepted and kidnapped along with two of his colleagues in Syedabad on the Kabul-Ghazni Highway on 3 September.No group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and subsequent murder, but local officials blamed it on the militants.(dailytimes.com.pk, 6 September 2014)
September 02, 2014 More
A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle among a group of Afghan security forces in Ghani Khil district of the eastern Nangarhar province. Three police officers were killed and two others were wounded in the blast.
September 01, 2014 More
According to Abdullah Abdullah vice presidential running mate, the talks on a power-sharing deal between Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah have collapsed. According to the official the talks broke down because of disagreement over the powers of the chief executive.
August 29, 2014 More
At least six people were killed and 45 others were injured when Taliban militants attacked the Jalalabad headquarters of the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence service. A suicide car bomber detonated his VBIED at the compound main gate before gunmen entered the complex and engaged the security forces in gunfire.
August 20, 2014 More
National Security Directorate reported that a man armed with a knife slit the throat a foreign national n Kabul. The incident took place at around 9 a.m. near Kabul International Airport. Information on the victim’s nationality and further details on the incident were not released.
June 21, 2014 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the Dawat University building in Kabul. The attack targeted the vehicle carrying Masoom Stanekzai , the head of the secretariat of the Afghan High Peace Council, tasked with conducting peace talks with the Taliban. Stanekzai escaped unharmed, but one civilian was killed and four others were injured in the attack, for which no group has claimed responsibility. The attack came amid protests in Kabul and Kunduz province by supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah claiming that the 14 June run-off poll was fraudulent and demand that the vote count stopped.
June 02, 2014 More
A 47 -year-old Jesuit priest from India was kidnapped as he was leaving a school in the Sohadat village, located about 24Km/15 miles from the city of Herat, serving children who were recently returned to Afghanistan after living as refugees in Iran and Pakistan. The Rome headquarters of the Jesuit Refugee Service confirmed that its Afghanistan country director was kidnapped by a group of unidentified men.(thebostonpilot.com, 4 June 2014)
June 02, 2014 More
Three Turkish engineers, working on a construction project in Behsud, Nangharhar province were killed and a fourth was wounded, when a motorcycle bomb remotely detonated as the minibus driving them to the site drove by.
June 02, 2014 More
A group of four Taliban bombers targeted the district governor's compound, killing two police officers and a government employee. One bomber blew himself up at the gates of the compound while the other three attackers stormed inside but were shot and killed by other police officers.
May 31, 2014 More
The 28 -year-old US Army Sergeant, who was kidnapped by the Taliban on 30 June 2009, was released by his captors in return for the release of five Afghan detainees from the US prison in Guantanamo, Cuba. The soldier, who is said to be in good condition, was the only US soldier being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The deal to release the soldier was brokered by the Qatari government. The exchanged prisoners are thought to be the most senior Afghans still held at Guantanamo. Under the deal, they will be banned from leaving Qatar for at least a year. (bbc.com, 31 May 2014)
May 26, 2014 More
A suicide bomber, on a motorcycle blew himself-up near an army bus in eastern Kabul, killing at least two people and injuring nine. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
May 25, 2014 More
Afghanistan's election commission has fired 5,338 of its staff over alleged fraud in the first round of presidential elections last month. Most of those fired were district field coordinators who were responsible for polling stations on the voting day. Both the leading candidates have made allegations of fraud.
May 25, 2014 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device near the car of Kandahar’s eight district commander and a known anti-Taliban figure. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assassination.
May 23, 2014 More
Three gunmen, armed with machine guns and RPGs, captured a building near the Indian consulate in Herat at approximately 0300 local time from where they fired at the consulate. The three were killed and five security personnel were injured during a firefight that lasted for several hours.
May 20, 2014 More
Taliban fighters kidnapped 27 police officers during an assault in northeastern Badakhshan province’s Yamgam district police headquarters that also left eight officers dead. Following the attack, the officers retreat to a cave but ran out of ammunition and food and surrounded to the attackers. A Taliban spokesman said in an e-mail that among the captured officers were the deputy head of intelligence for the district and the head of the district prison. He said the operation was part of the Taliban’s annual spring offensive, which the group launched this month. (washingtonpost.com, 22 May 2014)
May 01, 2014 More
The body of an 11-year- old boy was been found in northern Kundoz, the capital of Kunduz Province. The boy was kidnapped on 1 May and for whose release the kidnappers demanded US$ $100,000 from his family. Police arrested four suspects un connection to the kidnapping and subsequent murder, one of whom reportedly confessed to the crime. (ariananews.af,6 May 2014)
April 24, 2014 More
At around 1000 local time a police officer opened fire at a private international hospital in Kabul, which is run by Cure, a small U.S. Christian charity organization. Three U.S. doctors were killed in the attack.  The officer was reportedly wounded and captured following fire exchange with other officers at the facility.
April 22, 2014 More
Kabul Special Forces launched an operation in Deh Sabz district of Kabul to release the Deputy Minister of Public Works who was kidnapped on 15 April, but the operation was unsuccessful. An Afghan police officer was injured during the gunfire battle between the police force and kidnappers, who managed to escape the premises with the hostage in midst of the clash. According to a suspect, who provided food to the hostage, the kidnappers were informed about the raid ahead of time, which allowed them to get ready and escape. (tolonews.com, 22 April 2014)
April 15, 2014 More
According to local reports Taliban militants have executed at least seven Afghan police officers they abducted on 15 April in the central province of Maidan Wardak. The abduction occurred in Asadbad district, along the Kabul-Kandahar highway. No further details are available regarding this incident. (17 April 2014)
April 15, 2014 More
Shortly after 7 a.m. five unidentified gunmen intercepted and kidnapped the Afghan deputy public works minister as he was on his way to work in Khair Khana area of Kabul. The gunmen shot and wounded the official’s driver as he tried to evade them, after which they dragged the official into their 4-wheel-drive vehicle and sped away. It was not immediately clear who was behind the abduction and so far there has been no ransom demand. The official his mid-50s, studied engineering and road construction in Italy and has been deputy minister for four years. (arabnews.com, 16 April 2014)
April 07, 2014 More
At least 15 civilians were killed and seven others injured when the pickup truck they were traveling in was hit by a roadside bomb in the village of Gilankicha on the outskirts of Maywand district in the southern province of Kandahar. The civilian truck was forced to stray off the road which was blocked by NATO troops, after their convoy came under attack on the main road earlier in the day.  The attack on the convoy caused no casualties.
April 05, 2014 More
Despite bad weather and Taliban threat to ruin the vote, more than seven million Afghans out of an estimated eligible 12 million voted in the presidential election, which mark the first ever democratic power transfer in the country. Though the constitution barred President Karzai from seeking another term after 12 years in power, he is widely expected to retain influence through politicians loyal to him. According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) it will take six weeks for results to come in from across the country and for a final result to be declared. While no attacks took place in Kabul, nearly 20 people were killed elsewhere in the country.  Three IEC staff and three soldiers were killed in a Taliban rocket attack on a polling center in the north-eastern province of Kunduz. Twelve Taliban fighters were killed and nine others wounded in a battle between the Afghan national army and the militants in the north-western province of Badqhis, while an Afghan soldier was killed in the eastern province of Logar.
March 30, 2014 More
Taliban gunmen killed nine people, including a candidate running in the upcoming 5 April elections for one of the country's provincial councils and eight other civilians,  in Doghabi, located in the Balkhab district of the northern province of Sar-e-Pol. The victims were reportedly kidnapped while traveling on a bus from in Balkhab on 30 March. 
March 28, 2014 More
Taliban gunmen stormed a guest house in Kabul located in an upscale residential area of the capital not far from the parliament building. The attack started with a suicide car bomber detonating his VBIED at the compound entrance allowing four gunmen to enter the building. At the time of the attack several foreigners were at the guest house, which is used by the U.S. based Roots of Peace aid group. Afghan special forces managed to kill the attackers after hours of fire exchange. One local girl was killed in the attack. Violence in the country has escalated ahead of the 5 April presidential election.
March 21, 2014 More
Militants tossed an explosives-filled bottle at a Persian New Year ceremony in the southern province of Kandahar. Three people, including two police officers and the provincial media center chief, were killed in the attack and seven other people were wounded.
March 20, 2014 More
At around 18:00 four militants who posed as diners at the restaurant of the heavily fortified Serena Hotel in Kabul opened fire on dinners palm-sized pistols they managed to smuggle past the hotel's metal detectors in their shoes. At least nine dinners, including four foreigners, were killed in the attack and two other people were injured.  The attack was brought to an end when the four attackers were killed. The Afghan government is investigating whether the attackers had help from someone who worked at the hotel. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which raised fears about the possibility for more violence ahead of the upcoming presidential election. The Serena Hotel, which is heavily used by foreigners, had been attacked in the past. 
March 18, 2014 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosive device at a checkpoint near the entry to a market in Maymana, the capital of the northern Faryab province. At least 15 people were killed in the attack and 46 others were wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
March 11, 2014 More
Three heavily gunmen were killed by Afghan security forces as they attempted to attack the former intelligence headquarters in Kandahar. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack appeared to be a mistake by the Taliban as the building struck by the gunmen was abandoned by the intelligence agency several months earlier when it moved its headquarters to a nearby location.
March 05, 2014 More
The Interior Ministry announced its plans to disband the Afghan Public Protection Force (APPF), in charge of providing security for military supply convoys, international relief organizations and facilities used by foreign entities. The 17,000 members force was created to replace the numerous private security companies, which the Afghan government phased out with a 2010 decree. The Afghan National Police (ANP) is widely expected to take over some of the APPF functions.  Disbanding the force without a suitable alternative will further deteriorate the security situation in Afghanistan.   
January 25, 2014 More
A 29 -year-old Afghan interpreter and journalist, who had worked for the New York Times in Afghanistan, was found beaten and stabbed to death, wrapped in a sack and dumped on a roadside outside Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province. The man was kidnapped by armed men earlier in the day and had been missing for nine hours. No group claimed responsibility for the killing, and it was unclear whether it was a criminal or personal matter, or connected to the Taliban insurgency. The journalist was well-known to many in the local government as well as to the civilians working with the U.S. military mission there. (dispatch.com, 25 January 2014)
January 21, 2014 More
Unidentified militants kidnapped 63 local employees of the British land-mine removal organization Halo Trust. The incident occurred at around 08:00 local time in Marwa area of Pashtun Zarghun district, southeast Heart province. The militants forced the employees into two vehicles and drove off. Eight of them managed to flee. A massive search operation, to locate the abductees was launched by Afghan security forces following the incident. The abductees were released unharmed seven hours after their abduction following tribal elders’ intervention. Abduction has become a lucrative business for insurgents and criminal groups in Afghanistan, where U.S., NATO and Afghan forces are trying to suppress a resurgent Taliban. Militants in the past have freed some captives after apparent payment of ransom. But they have also killed captives when their demands were not met. (washingtonpost.com, 21 January 2014)
January 19, 2014 More
Afghan National Security Forces rescued a kidnapped police officer following fire exchange with his insurgent kidnappers in the Logar province’s Pul-e Alam district. Insurgents held the police officer, for two days after they abducted him and his friend as they were traveling home from Kabul. According to officials, the friend escaped from his captors and reported the kidnapping to the head of the local police force in the Heserak village who is also the kidnapped officer’s father. The official quickly organized a rescue police force, Afghan National Police, and Provincial Response Company members after receiving information about the location of his son from a villager. As the rescue force approached the insurgents’ location, the latter opened heavy fire on the officers. The Afghan forces returned fire killing two insurgents and forcing two more to flee leaving the officer behind. The abducted officer was lightly wounded in the incident. (dvidshub.net, 21 January 2014)
January 11, 2014 More
Unknown gunmen kidnapped three employees of the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Directorate in the Qala-e-Naw area of Badghis province as they were delivering the monthly salaries of the department employees. Badghis is among the relatively peaceful provinces in western Afghanistan; however, anti-government armed militant groups have recently increased their insurgency activities in a number of its districts.
November 09, 2013 More
The body of Kunduz Province Rural Development Director, who was kidnapped on November 9, was found in Sharshar Valley of Borka District, Baghlan province. The official was kidnapped by Taliban members who demanded an 11.5 million AFN (about US $200,000) from the province authorities in return for his safe release. As the authorities failed to deliver the demanded ransom he was executed. During his abduction, the militant shot and killed the official’s brother.
October 30, 2013 More
Seven Afghan civilians believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban last month have been found dead with their hands bound behind their backs and apparently tortured in the southern province of Zabul. Local officials suspect that their executions may have been punishment for working for Afghan security forces. Police officers in Zabul said they were attacked by Taliban fighters when they attempted to recover the bodies after receiving a tip-off about their whereabouts. They killed three insurgents during an operation to clear the area. (reuters.com, 6 November 2013)
October 08, 2013 More
A seven year-old boy, who was kidnapped on October 12 as he was walking home from school in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan was recovered in Afghanistan. The kidnappers, who had demanded an Rs.50 million for his release, transferred him to Afghanistan where police was able track his kidnappers’ cell phone calls using tracking technology. Police arrested two of the boy suspected kidnappers who told investigators that they have kidnapped the minor on the demand of his uncle. (pakwatan.com, 7 November 2013 & thenews.com.pk, 8 November 2013)
October 05, 2013 More
Nine Afghans, including two children kidnapped days earlier by Islamists militants, have been found dead in eastern Afghanistan. The two children aged 8 and 10 were abducted by Taliban militants last week as they were on their way to the village of Maidan in Kunar to sell livestock at the bazaar in exchange for groceries for the upcoming Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha feast. (iol.co.za, 13 October 2013)
September 06, 2013 More
A kidnapped female Afghan parliament member was released by the Taliban members who abducted her in exchange for six prisoners who were relatives of their fighters. The woman was kidnapped by the insurgents on 10 August, along with her three children, as they were traveling in the central province of Ghazni on the main highway from Kabul to Kandahar city. Her children were released shortly after. Afghan local officials claimed they were freed as the result of a rescue operation, while some local elders said that ransom money had been paid. Following the woman’s release the Taliban insurgents said she was released in exchange for four women and two children who were being held by the government because they were wives and children of Taliban fighters. Kidnapping has been a growing problem in Afghanistan in recent years, with government officials, wealthy people or their relatives taken mostly by criminal groups who demand ransom or sell them to the insurgents, who at times are directly involved in the kidnappings. (foxnews.com, 7 September 2013)
August 22, 2013 More
The two international aid workers - a Canadian and a Bangladeshi - who were kidnapped in Bamyan province three days earlier were rescued by security forces. During the rescue operation four of their suspected kidnappers were arrested. The two foreigners were in Afghanistan with the Aga Khan Development Network, an international organization that does humanitarian work in developing countries. (globalpost.com, 23 August 2013)
August 21, 2013 More
Gunmen intercepted and kidnapped two foreign aid workers from the Aga Khan Development Network in Bamyan province as they were on their way to Band-e-Amir national park. Unconfirmed report, identified the two as American nationals. No group have claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. (upi.com, 21 August 2013)
August 20, 2013 More
According to Baghlan province security officials, local residents freed four engineers who were kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Tala Barfak district. The engineers of the mines ministry, including an Indian national, were freed following a public uprising. Three of the engineers were kidnapped two weeks earlier by unknown gunmen, while the fourth, an Indian national was kidnapped along with his Afghan colleague on 20 August. According to reports the gunmen initially demanded ransom and the release of jailed gang members in return for releasing the engineers. (khaama.com, 28 August 2013)
August 14, 2013 More
A female Parelimant Member was kidnapped by Taliban insurgents as she and her three daughters were travelling in a rural area south of the capital Kabul, in the central province of Ghazni. Police said the kidnappers had demanded the release of four Taliban prisoners in exchange for releasing the woman. The official’s daughters were later released in an operation involving Nato forces and Afghan intelligence - but she is said to be being held in a separate location. (bbc.co.uk, 14 August 2013)
July 03, 2013 More
Thee local employees of an international non-governmental organization were kidnapped by unknown gunmen in western Herat province. According to local authorities the hostages, two men and a woman, employed by the Norwegian Refugee Council were abducted in the Guzara district in Snogerd area of the province. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the abduction of the trio. (khaama.com, 4 July 2013)
June 11, 2013 More
Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents released a Kyrgyz national whom they sized in 21 April along with after a eight Turkish nationals, a Russian and an Afghan interpreter after their helicopter made a hard landing in Logar province south of Kabul. The Taliban spokesmen, who talked to reporters by phone, stated that the hostage was freed "as an Islamic and humanitarian gesture of respect to his Islamic country". The militants had earlier freed the Turkish nationals, which marked the single largest abduction of foreigners in Afghanistan in nearly six years. Asked why the Afghan national had not been freed, the rebel spokesman said he was being investigated for "possible ties with intelligence agencies", but added that the rebel group would not execute him. (google.com, 11 June 2013)
May 30, 2013 More
Agents of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) stated that NDS forces conducted a raid on a hideout in Kabul’s Khair Khana area, foiling a major planned attack in the capital. The hideout allegedly belonged to the Haqqani network, which has carried out numerous attacks in the country. The security forces seized a large number of weapons, killed one member of the Haqqani network and arrested six others.
May 29, 2013 More
Seven Taliban suicide bombers, some dressed as police officers, targeted a provincial governor’s compound in the Panjshir valley, Panjshir Province. Six of the militants were killed in the attack. The seventh militant fled to a nearby village and detonated his explosives belt as police officers approached him, killing one and wounding another. The attack marked the first such attack in the Panjshir province since October 2011.
May 29, 2013 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device at the office gate of the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the eastern city of Jalalabad, allowing two other attackers to enter the building. The attackers were killed in a gun battle with security forces. One security guard was killed in the attack. There were no casualties among the foreign staff stationed at the office. Following the attack the ICRC a suspended all personnel movements in the country and ordered the closure of its office in the city.
May 25, 2013 More
Agents of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the Daman district of the southern Kandahar province intercepted a tractor laden with explosives, which was allegedly intended for use in an attack in Kandahar city.
May 24, 2013 More
In a coordinated attack, Taliban militants-- including several suicide bombers-- attacked the Directorate of the Afghan Public Protection Force (APPF) compound and a guest house used by foreign employees of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which is affiliated to the UN, in the heart of Kabul. A Nepali guard and an off-duty police officer were killed, along with a number of militants. Seven police officers as well as three IOM employees were injured. The Taliban announced a "spring offensive" in April, saying it would target foreign military bases and diplomatic areas.
May 24, 2013 More
At least 12 people, including eight Taliban militants were killed and five other people injured when an explosive device detonated inside a mosque in Andar district of Ghazni province. According to Afghan security officials the mosque was not the militants intended target and the device detonated accidently as the militants stopped at the mosque for prayers.
May 22, 2013 More
A roadside bomb exploded in Ghazni city, the capital of Ghazni province, killing at least one person and injuring five others.
May 21, 2013 More
An attack in Kandahar killed two police officers and injured one other. The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack. Attacks and civilian casualties are expected to rise in Afghanistan after the U.S. government announced it would set up permanent bases in the country.
May 20, 2013 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device next to Baghlan’s provincial council leader outside the provincial council headquarters in northern Afghanistan. The official and 13 other people were killed and 11 others wounded in the attack. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
May 17, 2013 More
At least nine people were killed and more than 60 others injured when two car bombs, targeting a police patrol vehicle, detonated in the Aino Mina housing development on the outskirts of Kandahar. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings.
May 14, 2013 More
At least three people were killed and five others injured when a bomb hidden in a motorcycle exploded in a market in the Garmsir district of Helmand province. Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, authorities blamed the Taliban for the bombing.
May 14, 2013 More
The Taliban announced the release of the four remaining Turkish hostage since their helicopter crashed in the eastern Logar province on 22 April. In an emailed statement the Taliban said the four were released "as a sign of goodwill and as an Islamic and humanitarian gesture of respect." In the statement, the Taliban made no reference to the Afghan translator and the two pilots -- one from Russia and one from Kyrgyzstan --who were captured along with the Turks. (rferl.org, 14 May 2013)
May 13, 2013 More
A car bomb targeting a convoy of foreign troops detonated in the industrial district of Karta-e-Naw in the eastern Kabul. At least 15 people were killed in the attack, including nine civilians, two U.S. soldiers and four contractors and more than 40 other people were injured. The militant group Hizb-i-Islami has claimed responsibility for the attack. The bombing marked the first major attack in Kabul since March 2013
May 12, 2013 More
Four of the eight Turkish nationals who were kidnapped by Taliban militants, after their helicopter made an emergency landing in Logar province, were released by their captors. A Taliban spokesman said that the remaining four hostages will be released soon. (reuters.com, 12 May 2013)
May 06, 2013 More
Pakistani and Afghan troops exchanged fire along the border in the Afghan district of Goshat, Nangarhar province. The fighting occurred in the same location where troops clashed on the night of 1-2 May. There were no casualties in the incident.
May 02, 2013 More
Eight Afghan police officers were killed when an improvised explosive device placed by Taliban fighters detonated alongside a road outside Kabul.
May 01, 2013 More
Afghan border officers and Pakistani soldiers exchanged gunfire for two hours in the Mohman district. While it is unclear what started the firefight, the sides are blaming the other to have initiated it. At least two Afghan police officers were killed and two other Afghans and two Pakistani troops were injured in the incident. Due to the clashes, the Afghan government has decided to send reinforcements to the border area.
April 26, 2013 More
According to the security chief of the western Herat province, Taliban insurgents intercepted and kidnapped three employees of the Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees (DACAAR) in Kohsan district. The official identified the hostages as a Pakistani engineer, an Afghan engineer and their driver. The Danish NGO has been working in Afghanistan for the last 25 years in the water and sanitation and rural development projects and is operational in 12 out of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. (thenews.com.pk, 27 April 2013)
April 22, 2013 More
Taliban militants kidnapped eight  Turks, one Russians and an Afghan in the Azra district of Logar province after their helicopter had to make an emergency landing due to bad weather. The Turkish helicopter, carrying food and other items for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), was set ablaze by the militants. (bbc.com, 22 Apr 2013 & zeenews.india.com, 22 April 2013)
April 08, 2013 More
A bomb attached to a bus exploded in Wardak province, located southwest of Kabul. The blast killed nine people and injured at least 22 others. Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, police officials suspect that Taliban members were behind the bombing.
April 06, 2013 More
Three American civilians were killed and four others injured when a suicide bomber struck their convoy as they were travelling to donate books at a school in the province of Zabul. Among the dead was the first State Department diplomat to be killed in the country since the war began.
April 03, 2013 More
A groupof six Taliban militants dressed in military uniforms and wearing explosives belts attacked a courthouse in the city of Farah in attempt to release detained militants. Two militants detonated a vehicle outside the courthouse while the remaining four attempted to storm the courthouse. Guards managed to repel the attackers who fled into a nearby building where they were killed after an hour fire fight. At least 50 people were killed and over 90 others were wounded in the attack, mostly civilians. The militants reportedly arrived in the city of Farah driving two Afghan national army vehicles, which allowed them to bypass checkpoints. The city of Farah is the capital of Farah province in western Afghanistan, on the border with Iran.
March 25, 2013 More
Five police officers were killed and four others wounded in a suicide attack on a police station in the eastern city of Jalalabad. According to a police official, seven armed militants wearing explosives vests attacked the building. Three of the attackers were killed by police, but three others managed to get inside the building and detonated their suicide vests.
March 25, 2013 More
According to local authorities in north-eastern Badakhshan province, Afghan security forces freed a German national from his unknown kidnapper’s hours after his abduction from the village of Batash. The security provincial security chief identified the German national as an employee of an NGO in the central city of Faizabad. The man was rescued during a raid in the Argo district at Danishmandan village. At least three suspected kidnappers were arrested in connection to the incident. (khaama.com, 25 March 2013)
March 13, 2013 More
Afghan security forces thwarted a large-scale terrorist attack in Kabul after they discovered in eastern Kabul a truck laden with eight tons of explosives. During the search operation five al-Qaeda linked Haqqani militants were killed in a gun battle with the Afghan agents. According to Afghan officials the militant were plotting to detonate the truck at a military facility in the capital.
March 13, 2013 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a sporting event in the remote village of Basos located in the Kunduz province. The blast killed at least seven people, including four family members of the Afghan parliament speaker, and injured at least 10 others. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
March 10, 2013 More
A five-year old boy was killed by his kidnappers in the northern Parwan province a week after his abduction from the Pul-e-Khishti area of Kabul. The kidnappers reportedly killed the boy after his family failed to deliver the demanded ransom. Two suspects were reportedly arrested in connection with the kidnapping and subsequent murder. (tolonews.com, 17 March 2013)
March 09, 2013 More
At least nine people were killed and 20 others were injured in a suicide bombing attack on the Afghan defense ministry in Kabul, which took place as the new US Pentagon chief visited the city. All of the casualties were civilians. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
March 09, 2013 More
A suicide bomber attack, near the city of Khost killed eight children and a police officer. No other detailed were released and no group claimed responsibility for the attack.
February 27, 2013 More
A group of 17 Afghan police officers were killed by militants in the remote Habib Godala village in the Andar district of Ghazni Province. According to police officials the officers were drugged by their comrades while on duty and then shot to death in their sleep. Two police officers, who authorities said were Taliban infiltrators and had carried out the attack, were arrested.
February 27, 2013 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device under a bus carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul. At least 10 people, including six soldiers and four civilians, were injured in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
February 24, 2013 More
A suicide bomber was shot and killed by Afghan security personnel as he was driving a vehicle near a high-security area of Kabul where several diplomatic missions are located. A suicide explosive vest was found on the body. The attended target of the would-be bomber was not disclosed.
February 24, 2013 More
A suicide car bomber rammed his VBIED into the outer gate of the National Directorate of Security office in Jalalabad. At least two guards were killed in the attack, which caused massive damage to the building. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack.
February 09, 2013 More
At least six civilians were killed in the Nad Ali district of the Helmand province when the vehicle they were traveling in was hit by a roadside bomb. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
January 27, 2013 More
At least 10 people were killed; eight of them police officers, in roadside bombing in the southern city of Kandahar. The officers were on their way to a residential area in the city to defuse a bomb, when their vehicle was hit the bomb.
January 27, 2013 More
Three days after their abduction, the bodies of two tribal elders were found in the Manogai district of eastern Kunar province. According to security officials, the kidnappers tortured the victims and cut their eyes out before stabbing them to death. No group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and subsequent killing of the elders. The motive for the kidnapping is being investigated. (tolonews.com, 30 January 2013)
January 26, 2013 More
At least 10 police officers were killed and 20 other people, including five officers were injured when a suicide bomber on a motorbike, targeted high ranking security officials in a busy market in the north-eastern city of Kunduz. The city’s head of counter-terrorism and the chief of traffic police were among the dead. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which Afghan officials blamed on the Taliban. In another incident, a suicide bomber on a bicycle killed two civilians in the country's south-eastern Ghazni province.
January 25, 2013 More
A suicide car bomber attacked a NATO convoy in the strategic Kapisa province, killing at least five civilians and wounding 15.
January 21, 2013 More
Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen launched an attack on the headquarters of the Kabul traffic police in Kabul. The attack began with a suicide car bomber detonated a VBIED at the gates of the complex allowing  three suicide bombers to enter the building where they detonated their explosives devices after eguht hours firefight with security forces. The attack marked the second coordinated attack on a government building in the capital in less than a week.
January 08, 2013 More
Several rockets landed at Kandahar International Airport, halting operations at the facility but causing no casualties or damage. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
January 06, 2013 More
Four people were killed and 15 other were injured when two suicide bombers attacked at a meeting of tribal elders in Spin Boldak in Kandahar province. One of the bombers shot and killed a guard as he entered the building before detonating his explosives belt while the other rammed a VBIED into the compound’s walls. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
December 27, 2012 More
The young son of a Herat based businessman was killed by his captors 35 days after he was kidnapped and held for ransom. The kidnappers had initially demanded a US$400,000 ransom for the boy’s release but later agreed to accept US$90,000. Despite the boy’s father paid them the ransom, the kidnappers killed and buried the boy - probably in order to protect their identities. A number of Herat province residents brought the exhumed body of the boy to the governor's office and demanded harsh punishments for the perpetrators. The police have detained six men and two women for their alleged participation in the kidnapping. (tolonews.com, 31 January 2013)
December 25, 2012 More
A suicide bomber attacked a NATO convoy in Khost as the convoy was en-route to Khost Airstrip. No casualties were reported.
December 17, 2012 More
At least one person was killed and several others were injured in a truck bombing attack on the Jalalabad road on the outskirts of Kabul, near Nato bases and compounds housing international staff. The truck bomb exploded near the offices of an international construction company, but it is unclear if it was the intended target.
December 15, 2012 More
France completed the withdrawal of its combat troop from Kabul, officially ending its combat military missions in Afghanistan two years ahead of the scheduled ISAF pullout. France still has 1,500 non-combat personnel remaining into 2013 to withdraw equipment and conduct training operations for Afghan forces.
December 13, 2012 More
Two Afghan civilians and a US soldier were killed and 18 other people, including three US soldiers, were injured in a suicide car bombing near Kandahar airbase. The attack came hours after the visit of US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to the base. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.
December 10, 2012 More
Unidentified gunmen shot and killed the head of the women’s affairs department in Mehtar Lam in the province of Laghman as she was heading to work. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The assassination was the second attack to target the head of the women’s affairs department. In July 2012 a car bomb allegedly planted by the Taliban killed the former occupant of the position.
December 10, 2012 More
A roadside bomb struck a vehicle in the western Nimroz province. The blast killed the provincial police chief and injured three others. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
December 06, 2012 More
The head of Afghanistan's intelligence service was wounded in a targeted suicide bombing in the Taymeni area of central Kabul. The high ranking official was reportedly visiting one of the many guesthouses he owns when the bomber detonated his explosives. The high ranking official was injured in the lower part of his body. The official survived an assassination attempt in October 2011 while serving as the minister of border and tribal affairs in the volatile southern province of Kandahar. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
December 05, 2012 More
An American medical doctor, Dilip Joseph, who was kidnapped by the Taliban militants along with two Afghan colleagues on 5 December was rescued during a U.S. special forces led operation. The trio, working for Morning Star Development aid group, was kidnapped while returning from a rural medical clinic in the Sarobi district of Kabul province near Kabul. Following days of negotiations, the two Afghan employees were released on December 9, but Dr. Joseph remained in the hands of his Taliban captors. During the rescue operation a member of the Navy's elite SEAL Team Six was killed along with five militants. According to the top commander of US forces in Afghanistan, the operation was carried out after intelligence showed that the doctor was in danger of being killed or injured. (bbc.com, 8 December 2012 & nytimes.com, 10 December 2012)
December 02, 2012 More
Taliban insurgents launched a coordinated assault on Forward Operating Base Fenty near Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. The attack began shortly before 6 a.m. local time, with the militants set off three VBIEDs outside the perimeter of the heavily fortified base adjacent to the airfield. Three militants then attempted to penetrate the base, but were repelled by Afghan and coalition troops. A total of nine attackers, including the suicide bombers, were killed in the attack. Two civilians and three contract security guards at the airfield gate were also killed.
December 01, 2012 More
A suicide car bomber detonated his VBIED near the local police headquarters in the Dehrawud district of the southern Uruzgan province. At least three people were killed and six others were injured.
November 30, 2012 More
A minibus struck a roadside bomb in the district of Dehrawud district, Uruzgan province. At least 10 civilians were killed in the explosion and dozens others were wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for either attack.
November 23, 2012 More
At least two people were killed and 40 others injured when a suicide truck bomber detonated a VBIED with explosives near a security center in Maidan Shar the capital of Wardak province. The Taliban claimed responsibility for attack to avenge the execution of four Taliban detainees earlier in the week
November 21, 2012 More
Two suicide bombers targeted Kabul's diplomatic enclave striking near Camp Eggers, a NATO training base. One bomber detonated his explosives near the compound's entrance, killing two guards and injured five other people. The second attacker was shot dead by Afghan security personnel before he could set off his suicide vest. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident
November 19, 2012 More
Three people were wounded in the explosion of a remote controlled bomb hidden on a motorcycle, detonated near a police checkpoint in the town of Qala.
November 19, 2012 More
Two would be suicide bombers dressed as women were captured in Herat province as they tried to gain entrance to a conference hall where government officials were meeting.
November 16, 2012 More
A civilian truck carrying more than 30 people triggered a roadside bomb in Farah province. At least 17 people were killed in the blast and 10 others injured. Though no group claimed responsibility for the attack, a local official blamed the Taliban for the bombing.
November 13, 2012 More
At least four rockets landed in Kabul. One rocket landed near the Afghan intelligence agency in Kabul and two others struck near the airport highway and a private television station. Three civilians were wounded in the attack.
November 12, 2012 More
Three people were killed and two others were injured in a roadside bombing in the Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. No group has claimed responsibility for either attack
November 11, 2012 More
A family vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb as it travelled through Khost province as they returned from a hospital. At least six people were killed in the explosion, including a mother and her newborn baby. According to the United Nations, some 1,145 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in the first six months of 2012.
November 08, 2012 More
A remote-control IED detonated in Bad Pakh, Laghman province, as an Afghan National Army convoy passed by, killing five soldiers. No groups have claimed responsibility
November 08, 2012 More
A suicide bomber attacked a police station in Kandahar in the early morning hours, killing three police officers. No groups have claimed responsibility.
November 05, 2012 More
Police in Parwan province dismantled a kidnap for ransom gang and rescued a four-year-old boy who was kidnapped on 5 November from a wedding ceremony in town of Tamam on the outskirt of Charikar the provincial capital. Based on intelligence, the police managed to locate the kidnappers as they were getting ready to transfer the boy to a different safe house. Noticing the officers, the kidnappers abandon the boy in a mosque in the Khalazai area of Bagram district. A short fire exchange took place as the suspects attempted to flee the area in a vehicle. Two suspects were killed and two others were injured and arrested. Talking to reporters, the boy’s grandfather said that the kidnappers initially demanded US$50,000 in ransom, but since the family have no assets they reported the kidnapping to the police. (paktribune.com, 30 November 2012)
November 05, 2012 More
A 30-year-old French photographer who was kidnapped from a busy area of Kabul in November, managed to escape his unidentified captors in Wardak province, near Kabul. According to a spokesman of the Afghan Interior Ministry, the freelancer photographer was picked up by Afghan security forces and taken to the capital. (reuters.com, 8 April 2013)
October 27, 2012 More
Ghor province governor spokesman confirmed the reports of a mass kidnapping in the province’s Chahar Sada district. Talking to reporters the official said that the reports indicate that at least 13 people were kidnapped by unknown gunmen. The motive behind the kidnapping and the kidnappers’ identities is being investigated. (khaama.com, 29 October 2012)
October 26, 2012 More
A suicide bomber, wearing police uniforms, detonated his explosive device outside a mosque in the city of Maiman, Faryab province as the provincial leadership gathered there for prayers to mark the Eid al Adha Islamic holiday. At least 41 people were killed and 50 others wounded in the attack. About half of the fatalities in the blast were members of Afghan security forces, including two local commanders of the elite Afghan police unit. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
October 19, 2012 More
A massive roadside bomb hit a minibus carrying men, women and children to the wedding in the Dawlatabad district of Balkh province in northern Afghanistan. At least 18 people were killed and 15 others wounded. It was not immediately clear if civilians were the intended target. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing.
October 17, 2012 More
A suicide car bomber detonated his VBIED at the gated entrance to Afghan-NATO compound in the eastern Paktiya province. There were no fatalities, but approximately 50 soldiers and civilians were injured in the explosion, which considerably damaged the compound.
October 13, 2012 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device inside the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) office in Maruf, Kandahar province. The blast killed six people, including a member of the international coalition in Afghanistan. The Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that international forces were being targeted
October 10, 2012 More
Two foreign nationals--a man and a woman -- were kidnapped by armed insurgents on their way from southern Ghazni province to the central capital Kabul. The two were traveling in a car that went missing in the Shashgaw area on the Kabul-Ghazni highway. According to local resident, the victims were an American woman and a Canadian man who were kidnapped by Taliban militants between Shashgaw and Salar areas of Syedabad district in the Maidan Wardak province. A Taliban commander in Syedabad confirmed the abduction but refused to give details. (pajhwok.com, 11 October 2012)
October 01, 2012 More
A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a joint patrol of Afghan and NATO troops, killed 20 people and injured more than 60 others in the eastern city of Khost, Khost province. The bomber was reportedly disguised as a police officer. Among the fatalities where three Nato soldiers, 10 civilians, six police and an Afghan interpreter for NATO.
September 18, 2012 More
A suicide bomber targeted NATO forces repairing a bridge in Kunar province. At least one local civilian was killed and three soldiers were wounded in the attack, for which no group claimed responsibility
September 18, 2012 More
A suicide car bomber targeted a minibus carrying foreigners near Kabul Airport at approximately 0800 local time. At least 12 people were killed in the attack, eight of whom were South African nationals. Hezb-e-Islami, an insurgent group, claimed responsibility for the attacks, stating that it was in response to the anti-Islam film
September 10, 2012 More
Four rockets hit the Bagram airfield at approximately 2200 local time, a day after the United States passed control of the Bagram prison to the Afghan government. One NATO helicopter was destroyed in the attack which also killed three Afghan soldiers and wounded two NATO troops. No group has taken responsibility for the attack.
September 09, 2012 More
Two motorcycle bombs detonated near the governor's compound in the western province of Farah killing at least one person and wounding 16 others. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
September 08, 2012 More
A 14 -year-old suicide bomber detonated a motorbike bomb near the entrance of the NATO-led international coalition (ISAF) headquarter in Kabul. At least six people were killed in the attack. Most of the victims were children who gather around ISAF HQ to sell items to soldiers residing in the base. The attack came amid heightened security in Kabul as supporters of an anti-Taliban mark 11 years to the assassination of Ahmad Shah Massoud - a hero of the 1980s war against Soviet occupiers and an anti-Taliban warlord. Following the attack, the ISAF HQ, which house close to 2500 personnel, was placed on lockdown. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
September 07, 2012 More
The United State Department has formally designated the militant Haggani network— responsible for some of the deadliest attacks against American troops in Afghanistan — as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (F.T.O.). The F.T.O. designation making it illegal for a person in the United States or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to knowingly provide "material support or resources" to the group.
September 04, 2012 More
A suicide bomber targeted a funeral in Nangarhar province detonating his explosives as security officials attempted to arrest him. At least 25 people were killed in the attack and 30 other people -- including the district governor -- were injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, residents in the area recently rose up against the Taliban.
August 29, 2012 More
According to Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission regional office in Kandahar, a minor kidnapped boy was brutally murdered by his abductors after his family failed to meet the kidnappers’ demand. The body of the 10-year-old boy from Kandahar City was returned to his family with visible signs of torture 15 days after his abduction. According to the organization, the kidnappers had sought eight millions Pakistani rupees in ransom from the family, which failed to collect the ransom amount. (pukhtunkhwatimes.com, 12 September 2012)
August 23, 2012 More
Six civilians, riding on a motorcycle-drawn cart, were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the town of Spin Boldak in the southern province of Kandahar. According to a recent U.N. report 1,145 civilians were killed during the first half of the year, 80% of them by militants. Insurgent-placed homemade bombs continued to be the biggest killer of civilians, accounting for 29% of all noncombatant deaths during the first six months of 2012.
August 21, 2012 More
A rocket fired on the U.S. airbase in Bagram injured two maintenance workers and damaged the aircraft used by the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey. According to military official at the base, the attack was likely coincidental and posed no threat to Dempsey.
August 18, 2012 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosive device in the Ghormach district of Faryab province. At least five people were killed in the blast. There was no claim of responsibility in either incident.
August 18, 2012 More
A remote road side bomb targeting a police vehicle detonated at a marketplace in Shindand district in Herat province. At least four civilians were killed and 12 others injured, including three police officers.
July 16, 2012 More
In the third assassination attempt on high ranking officials within a week, unidentified militants bombed a district governor's vehicle in Kunduz province. The blast killed one of the governor's bodyguards and wounded at least eight civilians.
July 15, 2012 More
The Afghan Higher education minister survived a roadside bombing that targeted his convoy as it traveling between the provinces of Baghlan and Kunduz. At least two police officers who were escorting the minister’s motorcade were injured in the blast. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
July 14, 2012 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a wedding party of the daughter of a prominent anti-Taliban politician in the town of Aybak, Samangan province. At least 22 people were killed in the blast, including the lawmaker, the provincial head of intelligence and and a senior police commander, and 60 others were wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
July 08, 2012 More
Two IEDs detonated in the Spin Boldak area of Kandahar province, killing 18 people. A third bomb killed a family of four in Arghistan district of Kandahar.
July 08, 2012 More
Two police officers were killed by a bomb in southern Helmand province on the border with Kandahar, while five officers were killed in a clash with militants in the Musa Qala district of the province.
July 08, 2012 More
Six American soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb in the Jalrez district of Wardak province.
July 02, 2012 More
At around 14:30 local time, a suicide car bomber rammed his VBIED into a minibus carrying contractors from a U.S. military base in the city of Kandahar. The attack took place near Kandahar University, located about 1mile/1.6 Km from the base. At least seven people were killed and more than 20 others injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
June 29, 2012 More
At around 0300 local time, militants attacked a government compound in Nuristan province. Suicide bombers detonated their explosive devices at the gates of the compound, allowing other attackers to enter the residences and offices. At least 10 people were killed in the attack that lasted for more than 10 hours
June 20, 2012 More
A suicide bomber killed 16 civilians and three American soldiers on patrol in the provincial Afghan capital of Khost. Though no group claimed responsibility for the attack, local officials blamed the Taliban-linked Haqqani group, which use the province as their operations hub. The Haqqani group is believed to be behind the June 1 attack in Khost that killed one US soldier, a US contractor, an Afghan civilian and 14 insurgents.
June 20, 2012 More
Afghan police aided by NATO forces, ended a 12-hour long attack by militants on the Spozhmai Hotel in the Qargha Lake area of Kabul. At least 26 people, including 15 civilians, three hotel guards a police officer and seven attackers, were killed during the hostage taking attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the hotel was used by wealthy Afghans and foreigners for "wild parties".
June 18, 2012 More
At least nine people---including a local police commander, his son, and two of his guards--were killed in a suicide bombing in the town of Tagab, Kapisa province. As many as 17 people were also injured when the bomber who targeted the police official, detonated his explosive device at the town main market.
June 06, 2012 More
Two suicide bombers detonated their explosive devices at market serving also as a gathering area for truck drivers delivering supplies for NATO near the city of Kandahar. The first attacker arrived on a motorcycle and detonated explosives near the delivery trucks. A second bomber wearing a suicide vest targeted the crowd that had gathered at the scene. At least 22 people were killed and over 50 others were wounded in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
June 03, 2012 More
A British soldier was killed during a rescue operation of an Afghan police officer who was kidnapped by Taliban-aligned forces in the Nar-e-Seraj district of Helmand province. The police officer was rescued unharmed from the insurgents who captured him at a checkpoint. (telegraph.co.uk, 5 June 2012)
June 01, 2012 More
A suicide car bomber drove a truck laden with explosives into the first security post outside an ISAF base in Khost province. The ISAF confirmed the attack but gave no further details. According to unconfirmed reports at least seven Afghan civilians were killed and 13 others were injured in the attack.
June 01, 2012 More
Four aid workers who were kidnapped by gunmen in the northeastern province of Badakhshan on 22 May were rescued by coalition forces in Badakhshan province. During the rescue operation conducted by UK and US special forces, five kidnappers were killed. The aid workers - all employees of Switzerland-based aid group Medair - were making their way on horseback to the remote, mountainous province of Badakhshan, in north-eastern Afghanistan, when they were captured. Police in Badakhshan, described the gunmen as part of a criminal group which was taking advantage of the challenging terrain and the loose grip that Afghan security forces had on the area. The kidnappers initially demanded the release of an associate from custody, a ransom of US $11millon and an end to the presence of foreign aid workers in the province. (bbc.com, 2 June 2012)
May 31, 2012 More
Unidentified assailants detonated an explosive device near a police checkpoint in Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province. At least two police officers were killed in the attack.
May 31, 2012 More
The anti-terror chief in Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province and his three bodyguards were killed as the vehicle they were traveling in triggered a roadside bomb.
May 31, 2012 More
A suicide car bomber drove his explosives-laden car into a checkpoint at Kandahar’s police headquarters located in the Arghistan district of the city. At least five police officers were killed in the attack and six others wounded.
May 23, 2012 More
More than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers have been poisoned in the second attack in as many months in Takhar province. According to local police officials, the Taliban which oppose to education of women and girls had used an unidentified toxic powder to contaminate the air in classrooms causing scores of students unconscious. Afghanistan's intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), says the Taliban appear intent on closing schools ahead of a 2014 withdrawal by foreign combat troops.
May 23, 2012 More
Unidentified gunmen abducted two foreign female doctors and their two Afghan translators in the northeastern province of Badakhshan. The aid workers—working for a Swiss-based aid group-- were reportedly kidnapped while travelling by donkey or horseback north of the provincial capital Faizabad to provid medical assistance to remote and isolated communities in Yaftal district - about 90km/56 miles north of the city. No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction. Badakhshan province, which borders Tajikistan, China and Pakistan, has generally been seen as one of the safer parts of Afghanistan, but there have been indications of increased insurgent groups activity as well as criminal gangs in the area. In August 2010, Badakhshan was the scene of the killings of 10 foreign medical workers, including a British national, six Americans, one German and two Afghan translators apparently by insurgents. (bbc.com, 23 May 2012 & azstarnet.com, 23 May 2012)
May 20, 2012 More
A suicide bomber blew himself up in Tarin Kowt city, the capital of Uruzgan province near a police sub-district headquarters as a group of U.S. soldiers with the NATO-led troops were leaving the compound. At least nine people were killed in the attack and nine others injured in the attack, including sic children and three American soldiers. Local officials blamed the Taliban for the attack.
May 19, 2012 More
A suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosive device at a checkpoint Ali Sher district in the eastern province of Khost killing at least 10 people, most of them children.
May 17, 2012 More
A suicide bomber—one of a group of four— detonated his explosives device at the gate of the governor’s complex in Farah province, while the others attempted to storm the compound. All of the attackers were killed in the ensuing firefight during which at least six police officers and a civilian were killed and 12 others were injured. No group has claimed responsibility.
May 14, 2012 More
A bicycle bomb killed nine people in the relatively peaceful Faryab province, including a provincial council member. According to police officials, the remote-controlled bomb killed eight civilians and council member as they sat in front of a pharmacy in the Ghormach district of Faryab.
May 13, 2012 More
Unidentified gunman shot and killed Mullah Arsala Rahmani, a former Taliban higher education minister and a member of the peace council. Rahmani was an important mediator between the Taliban and the Afghan government peace talks. His assassination is another blow to the Afghan government attempt to negotiate with the Taliban. A Taliban spokesman denied the group involvement in the former official assassination. On May 14, the little-known Mahaz-e-Mullah Dadullah, or Mullah Dadullah Front, claimed responsibility for Mullah Arsala Rahmani assassination. The group which operates mainly out of Kandahar, Helmand and Uruzgan provinces is named after a senior Taliban commander, Mullah Dadullah, who was killed in Helmand province in 2007, and opposes Taliban negotiations with the US.
May 11, 2012 More
A remote control bomb detonated underneath two oil tankers at near the entrance to Jalalabad Airport. The explosion destroyed the tankers, but there were no reports of casualties or other damage.
May 10, 2012 More
Taliban militants dressed in police uniforms blew themselves up after being caught trying to sneak through a checkpoint in Paktika province's Yayakhil district. At least three police officers and two civilians were killed in the attack and three other officers were wounded. According to a Taliban spokesman the bombers were on their way to attack a district government office.
May 10, 2012 More
A roadside bomb exploded in Helmand province's Musa Qala district, killing seven civilians, five of them children. Another blast then hit a group of local militia heading to the scene, killing one person. Two other people, a civilian and a militiaman, were wounded in the attacks.
May 04, 2012 More
At least five police officers were killed when their vehicle struck a remote-controlled bomb in the Dur Baba district in the province of Nangarhar. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
May 03, 2012 More
Five unidentified gunmen attacked the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee (BRAC) office in Ghor province killing one Bangladeshi national. Though no group claimed responsibility for the attack, Afghan authorities blamed the Taliban.
May 02, 2012 More
At around 0600 local time, Taliban militants launched an attack on Kabul’s fortified Green Village compound, which houses guesthouses used by foreign organizations and aid groups. The attack begun with a suicide car bomber ramming his VBIED at the compound exterior wall clearing the way to at least six militants, disguised as woman and wearing suede vests, who entered the compound and engaged security forces in a four-hour gunfight. In all seven people were killed and 17 others were injured in the attack. A Taliban spokesman stated that the attack was in response to President Obama surprise visit to Kabul, during which he signed a long term strategic partnership between the U.S. and Afghanistan.
May 02, 2012 More
At around 0600 local time, Taliban militants launched an attack on Kabul’s fortified Green Village compound, which houses guesthouses used by foreign organizations and aid groups. The attack begun with a suicide car bomber ramming his VBIED at the compound exterior wall clearing the way to at least six militants, disguised as woman and wearing suede vests, who entered the compound and engaged security forces in a four-hour gunfight. In all seven people were killed and 17 others were injured in the attack. A Taliban spokesman stated that the attack was in response to President Obama surprise visit to Kabul, during which he signed a long term strategic partnership between the U.S. and Afghanistan.
April 28, 2012 More
Two Taliban gunmen wearing suicide explosives vests managed to pass through security checks at the compound hosting Kandahar’s province governor office. The two were detected as they pulled out their weapons. Following an hour-long firefight in which two of the governor's bodyguards were killed, the assailants were shot dead.
April 28, 2012 More
At least 10 police officers from a government-sponsored militia were killed in Chak district of Wardak province when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
April 26, 2012 More
Dozens of Taliban militants attacked police posts in the Wardaj district in the northeastern province of Badakhshan on the border with Pakistan. According to the deputy provincial governor, at least four police officers were killed, two were injured 16 were kidnapped by the militants and the fate of three others remain unknown. The rebels also seized two police trucks and a quantity of ammunition. (dawn.com, 26 April 2012)
April 15, 2012 More
Taliban insurgents carried out coordinated attacks on the German, British and Russian embassies and the headquarters of Afghanistan's NATO-led force and the parliament. A French military convoy and a Greek military base came under attack. In all, two Afghan security officers were killed and 17 Afghan police officers and nine civilians were injured. A total of 17 militants were killed in Kabul. Though the casualties’ number was relatively low considering the scale of the assaults, it highlighted the ability of militants to strike at high-profile targets in the heart of Kabul.
April 10, 2012 More
Eight civilians and three police officers were killed when two suicide car bombers detonated their VBIED at a local government office in Herat province.
April 10, 2012 More
In a separate attack, three suicide bombers attacked a police compound in the Musa Qala district in the southern Helmand province. Two of the suicide bombers detonated their explosives devices while the third shot and killed by police officers. At least four police officers were killed in the attack while six other officers and two civilians were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
April 05, 2012 More
In yet another setback to the Afghan talks with the Taliban, a suicide bomber killed the head of a regional peace council and his son as they walked home after they  left a mosque in Asadabad, the capital of the Kunar province. The Provincial peace councils and a separate 70-member High Peace Council were established by President Karzai in 2010 in an attempt to negotiating with the Taliban to end the war. In 2011 the head of the High Peace Council was also assassinated by a suicide bomber.
April 04, 2012 More
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives device during a meeting of local officials in Maymana, capital of Faryab province. The bomber reportedly blew himself up at the entrance of the building where the meeting was held, located at the edge of the city’s main vegetable market, which was packed with shoppers as well as Afghan and Western security forces. At least 10 people, mostly shopkeepers, were killed and 20 others were injured in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Faryab is relatively calm but is a stronghold of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), an al-Qaida affiliated group that has been most active in the northern provinces.
April 04, 2012 More
Taliban gunmen attacked a checkpoint in the Khaki Safed district in Farah province, killing at least 10 members of local militia.
April 03, 2012 More
An Afghan police patrol vehicle hit a roadside bomb at the Kajor area in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province. At least two officers were killed and two other wounded. Authorities blamed Taliban insurgents for the attack.
April 02, 2012 More
Two bombs detonated near simultaneously in the Sher Market in the Baghlan-i-Markazi district of Baghlan province. At least 24 people, mostly civilians, were injured in the blasts. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
March 30, 2012 More
Nine Afghan police officers were shot dead by a fellow officer while sleeping in their post located in the Kahya Khil district in the eastern Paktika province. The officer then seized their weapons and a police vehicle and fled. While the motive behind the shooting was not immediately known, investigators suspected the Taliban were behind the attack.
March 26, 2012 More
According to an Afghan Defense Ministry official, a major terrorist plot targeting Afghan soldiers was foiled after 11 suicide vests were found in three rooms located in the area surrounding the Ministry of Defense parking lot. Although officials are still investigating, they believe that terrorists were planning to use the vests to target 11 buses scheduled to leave the parking lot carrying Afghan army personnel. Six Afghan soldiers were immediately arrested at the scene and 12 more arrests were made later. The Afghan government has so far refused to confirm the plot.
March 26, 2012 More
An assailant wearing an Afghan army uniform shot and killed two British soldiers at a base in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province. Troops returned fire and killed the gunman. Insider attacks have increased in 2012, with 15 soldiers killed in such incidents since January.
March 24, 2012 More
A roadside bomb exploded in Arghandab district of Kandahar province. The blast occurred as a military vehicle patrolled the area. At least nine people were killed and at least one person suffered injuries in the attack.
March 24, 2012 More
A former Afghan senator and a tribal leader were killed as the vehicle they were traveling was hit by a remote-controlled roadside bomb just south of Tirin Kot in the Uruzgan province. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
March 14, 2012 More
A motorcycle bomb exploded in the city of Kandahar as Afghan government officials visited the city as part of an investigation of the 11 March shooting spree by a U.S. soldier in the province. An Afghan intelligence officer was killed in the blast, while two other officers and a civilian were injured.
March 05, 2012 More
A suicide bomber detonating his explosives outside the gates of Bagram Air Base, Parwān province -- the site of controversial Koran burning that incited riots across Afghanistan. At least two civilians were killed in the attack and four others wounded. No coalition troops had been harmed in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
February 29, 2012 More
A suicide car bomber detonated his VBIED near a supply convoy of the NATO-led forces in Lashkargah. At least seven people, mostly civilians were injured in the blast.
February 29, 2012 More
Approximately 10 civilians were injured when a bomb detonated outside a bank in Taloqan city, the capital of the southern Takhar Province.
February 28, 2012 More
Two bombs detonated in Helmand province, killing at least 14 people. The first device detonated in a civilian residence in the Nawi district, killing seven civilians. The second bomb, exploded in the Nawzad district, killing the seven insurgents who were attempted to transport it in a vehicle.
February 27, 2012 More
At least nine people were killed and 10 others wounded, when a suicide car bomber detonated his VBIED at the gates of Jalalabad airport. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack as "revenge" for the Koran burning.
February 05, 2012 More
A suicide car bomber detonated a VBIED outside the gates of a police headquarters in Kandahar. At least nine people, including five police officers, were killed and 19 others were wounded. Unlike many of the attacks, the car bomb was detonated remotely.
January 27, 2012 More
A low level member of the High Peace Council, set up by the Afghan president to liaise with insurgents, was kidnapped by Taliban insurgents in the eastern Kunar province. The man, a former education department head in neighboring Nuristan province, had travelled from Kabul to meet insurgents and encourage them to join the peace process after Taliban leaders proposed opening a representative office in Qatar. The provincial governor for Kunar, said the man was carrying a letter from a senior member of the peace council to give to insurgents in Kunar, which lies along the rugged and porous border with Pakistan. His abduction comes four months after the head of the High Peace Council and a former president, was assassinated by an insurgent carrying a bomb hidden in his turban. (tribune.com.pk, 29 January 2012)
January 19, 2012 More
A suicide car bomber targeting a NATO convoy detonated his explosive device near Kandahar International Airport outer gates. Though none of the international forces was hurt, at least seven civilians were killed in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
January 12, 2012 More
A suicide car bomber detonated his VBIED near the vehicle carrying a district governor, killing the official and four other people.
January 11, 2012 More
At least 10 other people were wounded in the attack that followed a failed suicide bombing targeting Kandahar province's police chief.
January 02, 2012 More
A suicide bomber on a motorbike detonated his explosives near a mobile police post in a crowded bazaar in Kandahar province. Four children and a police officer were killed in the attack and 16 other people were wounded.
January 02, 2012 More
In a separate incident, a small explosive device detonated at the Chawk Madad market in Kandahar. A larger device detonated as first responders arrived at the scene. At least seven people were killed and more than 20 others injured in the second attack.
December 25, 2011 More
At least 20 people were killed, including a member of the national parliament, and 50 others injured, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive device in a funeral procession in the Sarhi-e-Sang district of Taloqan city, Takhar province.
December 15, 2011 More
According to Afghan security officials,  12 kidnapped police officers were released during an operation in Wardoj district of Badakhshan province, during which four militants were killed and 30 others captured. Contradicting the Afghan officials, a Taliban spokesman said the officers were freed following mediation of tribal elders. The officers were among 30 police officers captured by Taliban on December 5 during a raid in Wardoj district of Badakhshan province. Five of the kidnapped officers were executed, 12 freed and 13 were still being held hostage. (thefrontierpost.com, 16 December 2011)
December 07, 2011 More
At least 19 Afghan civilians were killed and six others injured when the vehicle they were traveling in was hit by a roadside bomb in the volatile Sangin district of Helmand province. Many of the casualties were from the same family.
December 06, 2011 More
Near simultaneous bombings attacks targeting Shiite worshipers in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif killed at least 58 people and injured dozens others. In the first attack, a suicide bomber detonated his explosive devise at the Abu Fazal shrine in central Kabul where hundreds of worshippers had gathered for the holy day of Ashura (marking the death Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad). Meanwhile, a bicycle bomb detonated near a mosque in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif at approximately the same time. At least four people have reportedly been killed in the blast. The Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
December 04, 2011 More
According to Baghlan provincel security chief, security forces freed a kidnapped Afghan woman and her son, who were kidnapped for ransom in early December 2011. The two were rescued in Charshanbe-Tapa in central Baghlan province. Sensing the presence of the police, the kidnappers fled the area. (khaama.com, 11 February 2012)
November 06, 2011 More
At least seven civilians were killed and 15 others injured when a suicide bomber detonated explosives near a mosque in Baghlan province. The bomber attacked as observances were leaving the mosque after prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha had ended.
October 31, 2011 More
At least five people were killed and five others wounded in a suicide car bomb explosion targeting a joint compound of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the US-based International Relief and Development (IRD) in Kandahar city. One attacker detonated the VBIED allowing three others to enter compound. The attackers barricaded themselves up in a veterinary clinic and fired on the security forces before they were killed after a six hours stand-off.
October 29, 2011 More
At least 13 American soldiers, three Afghan civilians and a police officer were killed when a Taliban suicide car bomber rammed into a military armored shuttle bus in the Darulaman road in west Kabul.
October 10, 2011 More
Four Afghan employees of a French development agency who had been kidnapped by gunmen were released unharmed according to the organization country director. The four men spent a day in the custody of a local militant commander in northwestern Faryab province before a delegation of elders from the area negotiated their release. The men who trained residents about clean water and were traveling back to their office when they were intercepted at gunpoint. The kidnappers’ affiliation remains unclear. The aid organization has carried out rural development projects in Faryab for a decade and has had Afghan staff members abducted before. (sfgate.com, 11 October 2011)
October 08, 2011 More
Sources close to the kidnapped former attorney general, told reporters that the man had contacted one of his family members and informed him of the demands made by the kidnappers for his release. The sources, however, did not disclose the nature of the kidnappers’ demands and their identity. (thefrontierpost.com, 9 October 2011)
October 06, 2011 More
Unknown gunmen riding a car and a motorcycle intercepted and kidnapped a former presidential candidate and attorney general in Chaharasiab district of Kabul province as he was driving back home after visiting his farms in Neem wa Niaz area of Chaharasiab district. The Taliban spokesman said the organization was not behind the kidnapping of the former official who served as attorney general in the first term of President Hamid Karzai government and contested in the last presidential election after he was sacked by the president. (thefrontierpost.com, 7 October 2011)
September 23, 2011 More
An Afghan employee of the United States Embassy in Kabul shot dead a U.S. citizen and wounded another in an attack on a CIA office inside the embassy compound. It is unclear if the attack was terrorism related or a personal dispute.
September 20, 2011 More
Burhanuddin Rabbani, a former Afghan president, and the head of Afghanistan's Peace Council, was assassinated in his house in Kabul by a Taliban representative who detonated an explosives device hidden in his turban. At least three other people were injured in the blast, including a senior adviser to President Hamid Karzai. Rabbani’s assassination is a significant blow to negotiations with the Taliban, which will likely hamper the peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
September 13, 2011 More
Six militants occupied an unfinished high-rise building in the Abdul Haq Square area of Kabul and fired rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) at the U.S. Embassy and nearby ISAF headquarters. The attack was part of a larger coordinated attack which included several suicide bombers. One suicide bomber was identified and killed by police officers as he attempted to enter the city airport; two others detonated their explosives outside a police station in western Kabul, while a fourth detonated his explosive device at an entrance to a jail run by the intelligence service. According to Afghan security officials the Haqqani network, a close ally of the Taliban carried out the attack for which the Taliban claimed responsibility. While the casualty number was relatively low (in all, 15 people, eleven of whom were civilians were killed and 16 other injured), the attack demonstrated once again that the Taliban has the ability to penetrate even the most secure areas of Afghanistan.
September 05, 2011 More
The bodies of two German aid workers who disappeared on 19 August 2011 were found approximately 2.5 mi/4 km from the south end of the Salang Pass in the eastern Parwan Province. The two, who were believed to have been kidnapped, were shot to death. The area where the bodies were found is frequented by Kuchi nomads. The Salang Pass is a major route through the Hindu Kush Mountains that connects the Afghan capital, Kabul, with the northern part of the nation. (msnbc.msn.com, 5 September 2011)
September 04, 2011 More
Taliban insurgents released four Turkish engineers whom they kidnapped along with their Afghan driver on December 26, 2010 in the eastern province of Paktia. The militants handed over the four to the International Committee of the Red Cross in neighboring Ghazni province. The Taliban said it freed the men as a humanitarian gesture in honor of Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim festival that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. One of the released hostages, told reporters that he and his compatriots were not tortured in captivity. According to Afghan officials the Turkish engineers worked for a company building border posts in the area. (voanews.com, 4 September 2011)
August 23, 2011 More
Talking to reporters in Berlin, the German Foreign Minister stated that the ministry was following up on indications that the two German mountaineers missing in Afghanistan since August 19, may have been the victims of a kidnapping. The two men reportedly vanished in the vicinity of the Salang Pass linking the capital, Kabul, to the country's northern tribal regions. According to a local police official, the two Germans not informed police about their destination; they had left their driver and went climbing. After failing to return, their driver contacted the police. (dw-world.de, 23 August 2011)
August 21, 2011 More
The kidnappers of five Pakistanis, abducted in Paktia province of Afghanistan on August 14, have demanded Rs6 million as ransom for their safe release. The four men and a woman were  intercepted and abducted while traveling to Parachinar town in Kurram Agency. The frequent militants attacks on vehicles traveling on the Peshawar-Parachinar Road in Pakistan, have forced the residents of Parachinar and upper parts of Kurram Agency to travel through Afghanistan to reach their native areas. (abna.ir, 21 August 2011)
August 19, 2011 More
Taliban militants attacked the British Council office in Kabul and took over the compound. A suicide car bomb destroyed the compound wall and a number of heavily armed men forced their way inside. The gunmen captured the complex and exchanged fire with security forces for several hours. At least 12 people were killed in the attack, including eight Afghan police officers, a New Zealand special forces soldier and three Afghan guards. A Taliban spokesman said the attack marked the anniversary of Afghanistan's independence from the UK in 1919.
August 18, 2011 More
At least 14 people have been killed and xx wounded when a roadside bomb hit a crowded minibus in the Afghan province of Herat. Though the IEDs are intended to targets Afghan or the IASF solders, as they are left unsupervised and activated by a pressure plate, civilian vehicles often detonate the explosives.
August 16, 2011 More
During a rescue operation in the northern Jawzjan province, two Turkish nationals released by Afghan security forces after being held for ransom by suspected Taliban militants. The two were kidnapped with another Turkish national who was released by the militants on August 13. The two were found at the bottom of a 40-metre dry well with their hands and legs chained. According to Jawzjan province deputy governor, the kidnappers initially demanded a 25 million Afghanis (about US$530,000) in ransom for each of the victims, which was not paid. (thepeninsulaqatar.com, 18 August 2011)
August 14, 2011 More
At least 22 people, including six police officers, government staff and civilian visitors, were killed and 34 others wounded in a Taliban attack on a provincial governor's compound in the city of Charikar in Parwan Province. A suicide car bomber rammed the gates of the compound allowing five other suicide bombers to enter the complex where they detonated their explosives vests after a three hour long firefight with security forces.
August 13, 2011 More
The bodies of eight abducted Afghan security officials were found in the Koti Ashoro area, Wardak Province. The three intelligence officers and five police officers went missing on August 11. Three suspected insurgents have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and killings. (bbc.co.uk, 13 August 2011)
August 02, 2011 More
Three suicide bombers attacked a hotel in the city of Kunduz. One suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the entrance, while the other two detonated their explosives inside the building after engaging security forces in a firefight. At least four Afghan security guards were killed, and 10 other people were injured in the attack. The hotel was occupied by several foreigners who managed to escape through the rear entrance of the building. The hotel was burned down, and several nearby buildings sustained damage. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.
August 02, 2011 More
Thirteen people kidnapped by gunmen in the Purchaman district of western Farah Province on July 28 were freed by their captors. According to the Farah Province security chief, it was not clear if any deal was made for the release of the abductees, who might have been freed in exchange for money. The gunmen kidnapped a group of 15 local residents in the remote Purchaman district and later executed two of them. Though government officials had held the Taliban responsible for the kidnapping, the Taliban denied any involvement in the incident. (afghanislamicpress.com, 3 August 2011)
July 31, 2011 More
At least twelve Afghan police officers and a child were killed as a suicide bomber detonated his explosive device at the gate of the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah the capital of the southern Helmand province.
July 29, 2011 More
A civilian bus hit a roadside bomb in the Nahri Saraj district in the southern province of Helmand, killing 19 civilians. The bus was traveling from the Nahri Saraj district to the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah when the incident occurred. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
July 28, 2011 More
Eight militants, three of which were suicide bombers, carried out an attack in the town of Tarin Kowt in the southern Uruzgan province, killing at least 22 people and wounding over 40 others. According to Afghan intelligence officials, one bomber detonated his explosive device near the governor's office, a second near the offices of a security firm owned by a local militia commander, while the third in a nearby market. Five other gunmen were killed in firefight with police officers.
July 27, 2011 More
A suicide bomber assassinated the mayor of the city of Kandahar as he was addressing the public at city hall. Taliban insurgents later claimed responsibility for the attack.
July 25, 2011 More
Insurgents in southern Afghanistan hanged an eight-year-old boy, the son of a police officer, six days after abducting him in Helmand Province's Gereshk district. According to a press release by the Afghan president’s office, the boy's captors had demanded that his father supply them with a police vehicle but he refused. Kidnappings have become increasingly common in Afghanistan, both by criminal groups looking for ransoms and insurgents making a political statement. Most abductions are settled out of the public eye, with negotiations and cash payments. (belfasttelegraph.co.uk, 26 July 2011)
July 14, 2011 More
A suicide bomber set off an explosion at the Sarra Jamai mosque in Kandahar during the funeral services for Ahmad Wali Karzai, the assassinated brother of President Hamid Karzai. The blast killed at least four people -- including the head of Kandahar's clerical council -- and injured at least 15 others. According to reports, President Karzai was not in attendance at the funeral. No groups have yet claimed responsibility for the bombing. Some report suggested that a second bomb also targeted the funeral services, but no details are available.
July 11, 2011 More
Four employees of the Demining Agency for Afghanistan were decapitated by their Taliban kidnappers, according to the organization’s operations manager. One of the victims was found on July 9 in the village of Shamalgah, in Farah City, while it is unclear where the other three were found. The four were part of a group of 31 agency employees who were kidnapped in Farah Province on July 6. Twenty-seven of the hostages were later released although they were warned against working for any domestic and foreign organization in the future. (edition.cnn.com, 11 July 2011)
July 08, 2011 More
The Taliban publicly flogged four men for kidnapping a doctor, a local official said. The men were given dozens of lashes in a Taliban-controlled area of the Baraki Barak district, in the eastern province of Logar, according the district governor. The official confirmed that a doctor, who had been kidnapped by unidentified men for ransom on July 8, was now free. A spokesman for the Taliban confirmed that the militants were behind the flogging. (thenews.com.pk, 10 July 2011)
July 08, 2011 More
Unidentified militants kidnapped the Doab district police chief in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Nuristan. The official and his three bodyguards were driving home in the Alingar district of Laghman Province, when they were intercepted and kidnapped. The governor of Nuristan Province said that local officials have now approached tribal elders to mediate the release of the official and his bodyguards. (presstv.ir, 9 July 2011)
July 01, 2011 More
Suspected militants have kidnapped the governor of Ghazi Abad, a volatile Afghan district near the border with Pakistan. The official was intercepted and kidnapped while on his way from his home to his office along with his son and two bodyguards. Local officials have asked tribal elders help in mediation and negotiation with the Taliban. (abc.net.au, 2 July 2011)
June 30, 2011 More
At least 30 people were killed and several others injured after a civilian passenger bus was hit by a roadside bomb on the highway between Kandahar and the south-western province of Nimroz. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack.
June 29, 2011 More
Two French journalists and their Afghan interpreter were released by their abductors after one and a half years of captivity. They were kidnapped along with two other Afghans outside of Kabul on December 30, 2009. The journalists were released in good health to French forces and were immediately flown back to France. Though details of their release conditions were not disclosed, one of the abductees told reporters that he believes there was an exchange deal involving money and prisoners. A statement released by the Taliban’s spokesman has also said that several of their members were freed from prison and that the release came after the French government had tried to get the journalists released "through the use of force…but their efforts proved futile and the enemy was forced to retreat suffering heavy casualties." (bbc.com, 29 June 2011)
June 28, 2011 More
At least six Taliban militants stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel and clashed with security forces for about five hours. Three attackers were killed inside the hotel while three others managed to reach the roof of the hotel where they were killed by U.N. gunship helicopters. Seven Afghan guests were killed in the attack and eight others wounded. Officials suspect that a meeting of provincial governors, which took place at the hotel, might have been the target of the attack. The hotel, one of Kabul’s most fortified accommodations, is popular with both foreigners and Afghan officials
June 25, 2011 More
A suicide car bomb attack on the Akbarkhail Public Medical Center in the remote district of Azra district, Logar province left at least 38 people dead and 50 other injured. The attack badly damaged the hospital's maternity ward and many of the victims were women and children. Government officials blamed the TTP for the attack but the group denied the claims.
June 18, 2011 More
A Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosive device at the gate of a police compound in Kabul, allowing at least two gunmen to enter the facility. Police officers shot and killed one of the militants and engaged in a shootout for approximately one hour with the third. Three police officers, one intelligence agent and five civilians were killed in the attack. The attackers were reportedly dresses in the Afghan military uniforms.
May 28, 2011 More
General Mohammad Daud Daud who command all Afghan interior ministry forces in northern Afghanistan and Takhar province police chief, were killed along with two German soldiers and two Afghan officials in a suicide bomb attack on the provincial governor's compound in Taloqan, Takhar province. General Markus Kneip, the ISAF commander in north Afghanistan and the provincial governor were wounded in the attack along with at least eight others. The attack demonstrated the Taliban's ability to assassinate key Afghan figures.
May 21, 2011 More
A suicide bomber attack on the Charsad Bestar Military Hospital in Kabul left six people and 23 wounded. The bomber detonated his explosive device in a tent used by staffers and medical students as a dining room. The hospital is located in a heavily fortified Wazir Akbar Khan district, in a close proximity to the US embassy and international forces headquarters.
May 18, 2011 More
A suicide car bomber detonated his VBIED near van carrying police cadets in Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province, killing at least 13 people and wounding at least 20 other.
May 18, 2011 More
At least 35 construction workers were killed and over 20 other wounded in a Taliban attack on road construction camp in a mountainous district on the highway linking Paktia and Khost provinces in eastern Afghanistan. The assailants destroyed vehicles and heavy equipment used for road construction. Road workers are frequently targeted by Taliban attempting to topple the government by hampering reconstruction in the country. However, in remote areas of Afghanistan, the Taliban and other insurgents often extort construction companies.
May 08, 2011 More
Taliban insurgents holding a 26-year-old Canadian national hostage released a video clip showing the man, who appeared calm and clean-shaven, claiming he was innocent of the Taliban charges that he was a spy. The Taliban released the video to news organizations along with a statement demanding the Canadian government to give in to unspecified demands to secure his release, lest he face Taliban prosecution. The man was kidnapped in the central Afghan province of Ghazni in February. The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs said it was aware of the video and that department officials are working with Afghan authorities to assist the family in securing the safe release of the man. A Taliban spokesman claimed the Canadian is an active intelligence agent involved in "clandestine intelligence activities." (vancouversun.com, 8 May 2011)
May 07, 2011 More
In what was supposed to be a spectacular spring attack, Taliban insurgents carried out a large coordinated assault on several governmental buildings in Kandahar. The targets included the provincial governor's office, the Afghan spy agency, police stations, a four-story shopping center, two schools and a municipal traffic office center. At least two people were killed and over 20 injured during the two days of attacks that included at least six suicide bombers. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the goal of the attack was likely to kill or kidnap the provincial governor, but the militants were unsuccessful.
May 01, 2011 More
A 12-year-old suicide bomber, the youngest ever recorded, detonated his explosive device in a crowded market in the city of Ghazni, Paktika province. At least three people were killed in the attack and a dozen others wounded.
April 27, 2011 More
Eight American soldiers and a contractor were killed and five Afghan soldiers wounded by an Afghan air force pilot at Kabul airport. The pilot was also killed in the exchange of fire. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident in a text sent to reporters.
April 20, 2011 More
The 12 Iranian engineers who had been kidnapped in western Afghanistan were released along with three Afghan colleagues. The men, who were working on a road construction project, were snatched at gunpoint in the Post-i-Road District of Farah Province, which borders Iran. According to the Farah police chief, the men were released with the help of local elders who acted as mediators. (news.yahoo.com, 20 April 2011)
April 18, 2011 More
A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry confirmed that 12 Iranian engineers building a road in western Afghanistan’s Farah Province were kidnapped by militants. According to the provincial police chief, the Iranians were working for a road construction company and the kidnappers had already contacted authorities and threatened to kill the hostages if work on the road was not stopped. Three local Afghan employees  were also kidnapped.  (newsvine.com, 18 April 2011)
April 16, 2011 More
A suicide bomber wearing an Afghan military uniform killed five American soldiers and five Afghan soldiers and wounded eight others in an Afghan military base in Laghman Province. A Taliban spokesman claimed the bomber joined the Afghan National Army a month ago in order to kill the invaders.
April 13, 2011 More
At least 10 tribal elders were killed and 7 others injured when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive device at a tribal council meeting in the eastern province of Kunar. According to the head of the provincial council, a prominent pro-government elder, who was killed in the bombing along with his brother, was likely the primary target of the attack. Though no group claimed responsibility for the attack, Taliban insurgents have been blamed for carrying out similar attacks in the past.
April 01, 2011 More
Seven foreign UN workers, including three international United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and four armed security guards, have been killed after a mob stormed a UN compound in the city of Mazar-e Sharif and set the building on fire. The attack came in response to the burning of a Koran in a US church on March 20. According to local reports the guards shot and killed seven demonstrates before they were overpowered by the mob. In a second day of violence, at least 10 demonstrators, protesting the burning of a Koran, were killed in the city of Kandahar as they clashed with police. Protests were held in several other Afghan cities.
March 27, 2011 More
Taliban militants kidnapped 40 men in an ambush in the northeastern province of Kunar. Though the Taliban claimed the men were police officers, the police chief of Nuristan Province stated that the group was made up of “youths” who wanted to become police officers but had not yet been accepted into training. The group was captured as they passed through Kunar after having been turned away from a police training center in the Nurgaram District of Nuristan. (nytimes.com, 28 March 2011)
March 17, 2011 More
Unknown gunmen kidnapped six engineers and two employees of a German non-governmental organization in northern Jowzjan Province. The Pakistani engineers were kidnapped in the Zaka area, on the Jowzjan-Sar-i-Pul Highway, where they were conducting a survey. The two NGO employees were passing through the area when they too were intercepted by the gunmen. Though no group claimed responsibility for the kidnappings, a security source told reporters that a known commander of anti-government forces had orchestrated the kidnapping in order to exchange the hostages for his brother who had been detained by government forces some time ago. (thenews.com.pk, 19 March 2011)
March 14, 2011 More
A suicide bomber dresses in military uniforms, targeted an army recruiting center in the city of Kunduz in the northern Kunduz province. At least 35 people, including recruits, soldiers and civilians, were killed and 42 others wounded. The attack came four days after the provincial police chief and four of his bodyguards were killed in a suicide bombing. Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks.
February 28, 2011 More
According to Canada’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, a Canadian tourist was kidnapped in Afghanistan. The spokeswoman, however, declined to reveal the circumstances surrounding the abduction or when it occurred on 4 November 2010. In a statement published on an internet site, a Taliban group said it had captured the Canadian national in the province of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul, and, based on documents he was carrying, they believe him to be a spy sent to discover their hideouts. In the statement the spokesman said that contact had been made with an "official delegation" from the Canadian government, but they had received "no positive" reply to their demands and promised to publish a video of the hostage. Later reports by Canadian media claimed that the 27-year-old Canadian of Chinese-Scottish ancestry went missing three months ago. (theaustralian.com.au, 28 February 2011 & google.com, 28 February 2011)
February 27, 2011 More
At least 14 people were killed and 12 injured in a bombing at a dog fight in Arghandab district, on the outskirts of Kandahar. Though no group claimed responsibility for the attack, the Taliban is known of targeting large public gatherings. Dog-fighting competitions, which were banned under the Taliban regime, are a popular amusement in Afghanistan. In February 2008, at least 65 people were killed by a suicide bomb at a dog fight in Kandahar.
February 21, 2011 More
A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a government office in Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 28 people. The attack occurred at approximately 1200 local time. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
February 19, 2011 More
At least 18 people were killed and 70 other wounded when two suicide bombers detonated their explosive vests inside a bank in the Afghan city of Jalalabad. The attack on the Kabul Bank branch targeted police and intelligence officers who were collecting their salaries. Five other attackers were killed in fire exchange with Afghan security forces The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
February 18, 2011 More
A suicide car bomber detonated near a police checkpoint in a crowded area in the city of Khost, killed 11 people and wounded dozens others. Police blamed the attack on Taliban militants who frequently target police checkpoints
February 14, 2011 More
A suicide bomber, detonated inside the Kabul City Center complex, which houses a shopping mall and the Safi Landmark Hotel & Suites, as he was challenged by two security guards. Following the explosion, gunmen engaged security forces in a gun battle near the complex. While the attack failed to achieve a large casualty number, killing the bomber and the guards, it exemplifies the continuous threat of attacks on civilians in Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
February 13, 2011 More
A Taliban attack on the Kandahar provincial police headquarters left at least 19 people dead (mostly police officers) and wounded 49 others. Several suicide bombers stormed a multi-story hotel opposite the police headquarters and fired small arms and rocket-propelled grenades at the police building, while a VBIED was detonated near the building. The fire exchange reportedly lasted for hours and ended with the attackers detonating their explosives vests outside the police building.
February 12, 2011 More
The criminal investigation department of the Afghan Ministry of Interior freed a merchant who had been kidnapped for ransom in Kabul days earlier. A spokesman for the department stated that the merchant was released by the department agents from a house in the 16th district in Kabul but declined to provide further details. Three kidnappers including the gang leader were arrested during the raid. (tolonews.com, 12 February 2011)
February 08, 2011 More
An Afghan employee of the Indian Consulate in Jalalabad, who was kidnapped February 5 in the Farm Hadda area south of Jalalabad, managed to escape from the safe house in Spin Jumat Village, Chaparhar District, where he was held hostage by his captors. According to the victim’s father, his son was injured during his escape when the kidnappers shot at him. It is unclear if the man was kidnapped for ransom or political reasons. (afghanislamicpress.com, 8 February 2011)
January 28, 2011 More
A suicide bomber fired his way into a supermarket frequented by foreigners and affluent Afghans in Kabul before detonating his explosive inside, killing at least eight people and wounding 12 others. The explosion reportedly destroyed the Finest Supermarket, located in the Wazir Akbar Khan district of the city, where several foreign embassies are also located. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
January 26, 2011 More
A suicide car bomber detonated explosives in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province. The attack occurred near the education department building and may have targeted a group of NATO-led Provincial Reconstruction Team personnel in the area. At least four people were killed and at least 31 others suffered injuries.
January 12, 2011 More
A suicide bomber on a motorbike struck at a bus carrying members of the Afghan intelligence agency (NDS) in the western area of the Afghan capital during the morning rush hour. At least four people were killed and over 30 others wounded in the attack. The large blast also shattered the windows of dozens of houses and buildings nearby as well as damaging private vehicles nearby.
January 10, 2011 More
The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced the rescue of a Turkish engineer who was kidnapped in May 2010, in Afghanistan. The engineer was kidnapped in the southwestern province of Nimroz. Though no details regarding the rescue operation were made public, diplomatic sources told reporters that the man’s release was not a result of any ransom payment. (turkishpress.com, 10 January 2011)
January 07, 2011 More
At least 17 people have been killed and 23 others wounded in a suicide attack in a crowded public bath house in the town of Spin Boldak, southern Kandahar province. A police commander, who was the intended target of the bomber, was killed in the attack.
December 26, 2010 More
Gunmen kidnapped four Turkish road workers and their local driver in Afghanistan's Paktia Province, close to the Pakistan border, after they visited a construction project in the Dand Wa Patan district. Paktia Province, near Pakistan's lawless Tribal Areas, is said to be a stronghold for several militant groups. No organization has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. (bbc.co.uk, 26 December 2010)
December 19, 2010 More
At least 13 Afghan security members were killed and scores more wounded in coordinated suicide attacks in Kabul and the northern city of Kunduz, perpetrated by the Taliban. In Kabul two suicide numbers ambushed an army bus outside the country's main recruitment centre; one attacker was killed by the soldiers but the other detonated his explosives near the bus, killing five and wounding at least eight. The attack broke months of relative quiet in the capital. In Kunduz four suicide bombers dressed in Afghan Army uniforms stormed the main army recruitment centre, killing eight and wounding many others.
December 13, 2010 More
Two South Korean construction workers were rescued after being briefly kidnapped by unidentified assailants in Afghanistan according to the South Korean Foreign Ministry. The two Koreans, both supervisors at a road construction site in the northern Afghan province of Samangan, were kidnapped by four armed men at around 2:30 p.m. local time while traveling to their workplace in a vehicle along with one local driver and two bodyguards. The five were taken to a remote mountain area but the driver escaped and reported the abductions to the local police, who rushed to the scene. After a brief fire exchange, the kidnappers abandoned their hostages and fled. It was unclear if the kidnappers were criminal gang or Taliban militants. (koreatimes.co.kr, 17 December 2010)
December 09, 2010 More
Unidentified gunmen kidnapped 18 Afghan de-miners in southeastern Khost Province. The group, from the Kabul-based Mine Detection Center, was traveling in the Musa Khel District when they were stopped by a group of gunmen and seized. The province lies along the border with Pakistan and Taliban-led insurgents are active in the area but a spokesman for the Taliban said he was not aware of the incident, the second of its kind in less than a month. Kidnappings have become a lucrative business both for the militants and criminal groups in recent years in Afghanistan, where violence has reached its highest level since the overthrow of the Taliban government in 2001. (khaleejtimes.com, 9 December 2010)
December 08, 2010 More
The eight abducted guards of a construction company who were seized by Taliban fighters in the Wazabeen area, Sarobi District, Kabul Province, were released unharmed after mediation with area elders and Taliban leadership and bonds taken from the captives. (afghanislamicpress.com, 8 December 2010)
December 07, 2010 More
A police officer and two suspected Taliban fighters were killed in a firefight during a search operation for an Afghan engineer and his driver, working for the rural development department, who were kidnapped by Taliban fighters on the outskirts of Sheberghan, the capital of Jowzjan Province. (afghanislamicpress.com, 8 December 2010)
December 05, 2010 More
According to a Farah Province security official, the body of one of two abducted engineers, who were kidnapped by unidentified armed men on November 25, was found in the Khak-e Safid District of Farah Province in Western Afghanistan. In a press statement, the official said that three engineers had gone to conduct a survey of the Musawo dam when they were intercepted by unidentified gunmen who kidnapped two of them while the third managed to escape. The official added that the engineer was killed after his family failed to collect the demanded US$ 200,000 ransom. He had no information about the other kidnapped engineer. (afghanislamicpress.com, 6 December 2010)
December 03, 2010 More
The remaining seven de-miners who had been kidnapped in eastern Afghanistan were freed in Pakistan, two days after their abduction by unknown gunmen. The victims, employed by the Afghanistan-based Organization for Mine Clearance and Afghan Rehabilitation (OMAR), were among 16 kidnapped from the Muhmand Dara District, Nangarhar Province. The other nine were freed a few hours after the abduction. According to a senior border police commander, the men’s release came following mediation between the kidnappers, the district chief of Muhmand Dara and tribal elders. No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction. (google.com, 2 December 2010)
December 02, 2010 More
In a newly released Taliban video, the U.S. soldgier, Bowe Bergdahl, appears briefly next to an insurgent commander who once threatened to kill him. The soldgier has bags under his eyes and what appears to be a scrape on his cheek. The video was the fourth to appear since the Taliban captured him on 30 June 2009 in the eastern Paktika Province. (boston.com, 9 December 2010)
December 01, 2010 More
Unknown Gunmen kidnapped 16 de-miners in the restive Muhmand Dara District on the Pakistani border. The gunmen later released nine of the abductees before taking the rest to an unknown location. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the abduction and both criminal gangs and insurgents are known to operate in the area. The de-miners were working for the Afghanistan-based Organization for Mine Clearance and Afghan Rehabilitation (OMAR). (news.yahoo.com, 1 December 2010)
November 30, 2010 More
Nine private Afghan security guards employed by a construction company were kidnapped from a construction site by unknown gunmen in the Tizin area of the Surobi District, about 30 Km/19 miles from Kabul. According to the Afghani Interior Ministry, one guard was wounded in the attack and was left behind by the attackers who seized the other guards. The attackers also seized several weapons from the guards. The Surobi District Police chief said they had begun to secure the men’s release and tribal elders were contacted to carry out the negotiations. (news.yahoo.com, 30 November 2010)
October 25, 2010 More
Gunmen seized a Dutch aid worker and his Afghan driver in northern Afghanistan, according to a local government official. Four gunmen intercepted the two men in Takhar Province, forced them from their car and into another vehicle, and drove off with them toward Kunduz Province, according to witnesses. The two were working with an aid group helping disabled people. The Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed the abduction but gave few details and did not release the names of the men or the aid group. The kidnappings, along with the Afghan president’s intention to ban foreign security guards, have led to talk of a large-scale operations shutdown by private reconstruction companies. The abductions were also a further indication of the growing instability in northern Afghanistan, which had been considered safer than areas of the south and east where the insurgency has been fiercest. (news.yahoo.com, 25 October 2010)
October 25, 2010 More
Three Afghan engineers were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen as they were on their way to conduct a survey of the Musawo dam when they were intercepted by unidentified gunmen. One of the men managed to escape while the two others were abducted. (afghanislamicpress.com, 26 October 2010)
October 20, 2010 More
According to a spokesman for the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency, since August three kidnapping gangs operating in and around Kabul have been dismantled and their members arrested. A six-member gang was arrested for kidnapping a 13-year-old boy, a five- member gang was arrested for abducting an eight-year-old, and another two people were in custody for kidnapping another 13-year-old boy. The spokesman added that ransoms ranging from US$ 200,000 to US$ 500,000 were demanded in return for the abducted children. (pajhwok.com, 20 October 2010)
October 16, 2010 More
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed that the leaders of a Kabul-based kidnapping ring were detained by Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and ISAF. The five suspects were arrested during a joint ANSF-ISAF mission to free a child, the son of a government official, the group had kidnapped. Reportedly, the kidnapping ring targeted government officials’ families to attempt to influence them to act in favor of the Taliban. Multiple intelligence reports and tips from local citizens led the combined security force to the location of the kidnapped child in Kabul. Upon surrounding the location, Afghan security forces entered the location and freed the boy without incident. (dvidshub.net, 18 October 2010)
October 09, 2010 More
The British Foreign Ministry announced that the British aid worker who was held hostage in Afghanistan was killed during a rescue operation. According to initial reports, the 36-year-old woman, from Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland, was killed when one of her captors detonated a suicide vest as U.S. Special Forces arrived by helicopter to rescue her. However, later reports suggest she may have been killed by a grenade detonated by a member of the U.S. Special Forces. Six kidnappers are thought to have died during the fighting. While both the British prime minister and the foreign minister defended the rescue operation, saying it was "her best chance of safe release," a British newspaper claimed that local Afghan leaders wanted to negotiate with the kidnappers to win her freedom but were overruled by NATO commanders who feared she was about to be smuggled to Pakistan and handed over to al Qaeda militants. Her colleagues were released unharmed by the kidnappers shortly after the abduction. (bbc.co.uk, 9 October 2010 & telegraph.co.uk, 9 October 2010; & newsystocks.com, 11 October 2010)
October 09, 2010 More
The Japanese freelance journalist, who went missing in northern Afghanistan in April, posted an online statement saying that his kidnappers were not Taliban but corrupt Afghan soldiers. In his Twitter posting, the journalist stated that "they blackmailed the Japanese government, pretending they were Taliban." He said he feared he would be killed to ensure his silence. Earlier reports said his kidnappers had demanded the release of imprisoned comrades and that Taliban militants had also claimed responsibility and demanded the Afghan government pay a ransom for the journalist. Japanese media had reported on ongoing negotiations over a payment of several hundred thousand dollars for the victim’s release. However, Japan's top government spokesman denied the payment of any ransom. Criminal groups and Taliban insurgents have kidnapped several dozen foreigners, many of them journalists, since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that ousted the Taliban regime in Kabul and sparked the current insurgency. (google.com, 9 September 2010)
September 26, 2010 More
A British female aid worker, working for a U.S.-based aid contracting company, was kidnapped along with her Afghan guard, driver and another worker as they were travelling between Asabad, the provincial capital and Jalalabad, in a two vehicle convoy. According to the local police chief, the gunmen intercepted the vehicles in the Spin Jumaat area of the Narang District, Kunar Province around 11:00 a.m. local time. The four were reportedly on their way to attend the opening of a canal refurbishment project in the Narang District. A local Taliban commander claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and, through a local Afghan press agency, announced that she will be freed in exchange for the release of a 38-year-old neuroscientist who was sentenced by a New York court to 86 years in prison for the attempted murder of U.S. agents and soldiers who were trying to interrogate her in Afghanistan. In July a British security guard was killed in an insurgent attack on the same company’s compound in Kunduz. (telegraph.co.uk, 26 September 2010 & 27 September 2010)
September 19, 2010 More
The chairman of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced that the bodies of three IEC officials kidnapped in the days prior to the parliamentary poll on September 18 were found in the northern Balkh Province. No further details were released and the faith of the other abductees remains unkown.(worldbulletin.ne, 19 September 2010)  
September 16, 2010 More
The head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in northwestern Bagdhis Province announced the abduction of eight Afghan election officials and 10 campaign workers by suspected Taliban members in the Muqur District of Badghis. The abduction took place just days before elections for the lower house of parliament and amid threats by the Taliban to disrupt the elections. A Taliban spokesman said polling centers, election workers and security forces would be targeted on polling day, and warned that voters who dare to try to cast ballots "will get hurt." (abc.net.au, 17 September 2010)
September 05, 2010 More
A Japanese journalist kidnapped in Afghanistan in April by the Taliban has been freed, according to an Afghan provincial official speaking with reporters. The 41-year-old freelance journalist was at the Japanese Embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, awaiting debriefing. The journalist, who has been in Afghanistan since mid-March, went missing in the northern city of Kunduz near the border with Tajikistan. The governor of Kunduz Province said the man was freed in the Dasht-e Archi district of Kunduz and a ransom payment was likely. No further details were given. The Taliban, fighting an increasingly bloody insurgency against the Afghan government and foreign forces, claimed the abduction but could not be reached for comment. The Taliban use Kunduz as a base for launching attacks in some parts of the north, once one of the more peaceful areas of Afghanistan. The Taliban have spread the insurgency out of their traditional strongholds in the south and east in recent years. The kidnapping of Afghans and foreigners has recently become lucrative for criminal gangs and the Taliban adding to the violence which is at its worst across Afghanistan since the Taliban were ousted by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in late 2001. (reuters.com, 5 September 2010)
August 29, 2010 More
The bodies of five kidnapped campaign workers for a female candidate in Afghanistan's parliamentary election were found in western Herat Province. They were among a group of 10 people kidnapped by armed men on August 25. Five were later released. According to the local police chief, the bodies were found dumped on a mountainside in Adrskan District with their hands bound and gunshot wounds to the head. Taliban insurgents opposed to the elections in general - and female candidates in particular - have been blamed for the murder of a number of candidates. The Taliban have also been blamed for the kidnapping of four women working at a drug treatment center in northern Faryab Province. Officials were reported to be negotiating to secure the women's release. (bbc.co.uk, 29 August 2010)
August 25, 2010 More
Six campaign workers and four relatives working for a female candidate running in Afghanistan's forthcoming parliamentary election were kidnapped in the western province of Herat. The group was travelling between the districts of Adraskan and Farsi when armed men abducted them. One of the kidnappers called the candidate to tell her of the abduction, according to a statement by the candidate. The group was traveling without security escort, according to the provincial security director. Villagers reported that the kidnappers drove off in the campaigners' two vehicles. It was not clear if the kidnappers were members of the Taliban or political rivals of the candidate. Elections for Afghanistan's lower house of parliament, are scheduled for September 18 but security concerns and surge of violence, led the government to decide it would not open more than 900 polling stations, around 15 percent of the total, for the vote. Most of the closed stations are located in Afghanistan's east and south. (english.aljazeera.net, 26 August 2010)
August 19, 2010 More
The deputy chief of the National Directorate of Security in Azra District, Logar Province, has been executed by the Taliban. A Taliban spokesman released a statement that they had shot the man dead on the night of August 18. The man was captured August 17 along with the former head of Azra District. The whereabouts of the other victim are unknown. (Afghan Islamic Press, 19 August 2010)
August 06, 2010 More
According to local police sources, the body of kidnapped Afghan parliamentary candidate who had been kidnapped July 30 in the Qarabagh District, Ghazni Province, was recovered on the side of the Qarabagh-Ab Band road by his relatives, assisted by Afghan soldiers. A member of parliament from Ghazi told reporters that members of the local council in Qarabagh, who had negotiated the release of the politician with the Taliban, wanted two of their detainees released in exchange for the candidate. As the governor refused to approve the exchange offer, the man was executed. (gulfnews.com, 7 August 2010)
July 24, 2010 More
Afghan insurgents claimed to have kidnapped three US soldiers, one of whom was reported dead in uncertain circumstances, the night of July 23. A Taliban official said three men had been captured, but a NATO statement said only two were missing. In a highly unusual step, a US$ 20,000 reward was offered for their safe return, with broadcasts on local radio services appealing for information. The unnamed American soldiers were last seen on July 23 when they left their compound in Kabul in a four-wheel drive vehicle. An Afghan official said the car was seen on that night by a guard working for the district chief’s office. The guard attempted to flag down the car, which he said was carrying a driver and one passenger, but it did not stop. According to the official, they stopped in the main bazaar of the Charkh District, where they were sighted by a group of Taliban fighters who notified a second group of their presence. The second group then commanded the vehicle to stop and opened fire when it did not. The soldiers returned fire and one of them was injured in the firefight. The two missing soldiers have not been named but descriptions of the two men were issued by American officials. Aside from this incident, only one other coalition soldier, who was seized after falling behind his patrol in June 2009, is believed to be held by the Taliban. The U.S. heaped condemnation on Taliban fighters who paraded him on camera in a video aired December 25, 2009, arguing that this breached his human rights as a prisoner of war and violated international law. The exact whereabouts of the soldier are unknown. Some believe him to be in Pakistan, where U.S. forces are not allowed, while others have suggested that he is still in Afghanistan. In the prior case, leaflets written in the Pashtun language were distributed among Afghan villagers threatening punishment for anyone holding the kidnapped soldier. Previous kidnappings of soldiers in Iraq have almost always resulted in the death of the soldiers seized. (heraldscotland.com, 25 July 2010)
July 14, 2010 More
Gunmen kidnapped five Health Ministry employees in Kandahar Province, officials said. According to a provincial spokesman, the victims, two doctors, a pharmacist, a nurse and their driver, were abducted in Maiwand District. (nytimes.com, 15 July 2010)
July 07, 2010 More
In a bid to secure the release of their comrades in the northwestern Ghor Province of Afghanistan, Taliban militants have kidnapped a prosecutor and a teacher from Ghor' s provincial capital, Cheghcheran. Shortly after their abduction, the militants threatened to kill them if their comrades were not released. A local government spokesman said that ten Taliban militants were arrested by security forces a few days earlier, however, he did not say if the provincial administration was ready to exchange the detained Taliban fighters for the kidnapped government employees. In an unrelated case, Taliban militants abducted four employees of an aid agency in neighboring Herat Province. The insurgents kidnapped local employees of a relief agency in Shindand District and took them to unknown locations. The governor of Shindand District, confirmed the abduction in a press conference but did not give the name of the aid agency and only said it provides health services to the locals. (news.xinhuanet.com, 8 July 2010)
July 02, 2010 More
Taliban fighters stormed the offices of U.S. aid group Development Alternatives Inc (DAI) in the northern city of Kunduz. A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at the gates of the compound while five other attackers stormed the building and opened fire with automatic weapons. Another suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt inside the building. According to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, a German security guard, two Afghan security guards and two other unidentified people were killed in the attack, and at least 20 other people were wounded. All the attackers were killed.
June 17, 2010 More
Unnamed Afghan security authorities claimed that Taliban militants have demanded that the Afghan government pay a ransom for the 40-year-old Japanese journalist who went missing in late March in northern Afghanistan. According to the security source, negotiations are under way on a payment of several hundred thousand dollars for the release of the journalist. However, a spokesman for the Taliban denied reports that the Taliban is holding the Japanese national. (newsonjapan.com, 17 June 2010)
May 17, 2010 More
Five Afghan U.N. staffers kidnapped on April 15 when their vehicles were hijacked in Baghlan Province in northern Afghanistan have been freed in a military operation. According to the commander of the Afghan army troops in the north, his troops surrounded a Taliban camp in Baghlan Province and freed the workers who were being held in the basement. He said two of his soldiers were killed in the fighting, along with "tens of insurgents." A United Nations spokesman confirmed that the workers were freed and in good health but did not provide further details. (channels.attbusiness.net, 17 May 2010)
May 15, 2010 More
During a rescue operation carried out by the Afghani Border Police in the in the Adaghera area of Kandahar Province a kidnapped child was rescued and a local Taliban commander was killed. The boy, who was reportedly kidnapped by two armed men on May 13, was unharmed. (BBC Worldwide Monitoring, 15 May 2010)
May 03, 2010 More
A previously unknown militant organization calling itself Kateeba Salahuddin Ayubi released a videotape of the Afghan ambassador-designate to Pakistan, almost a year and a half after his abduction. The diplomat served as the Afghan consul general in both Quetta and Peshawar. He had been promoted to Afghanistan's ambassador in Islamabad but had not yet taken the position when he was kidnapped from Peshawar's posh Hayatabad Town on September 22, 2008. In the tape, the diplomat narrates his ordeal and begs the Afghan government and the international community to attempt to save his life. After his statement, an armed Taliban fighter standing behind him delivers a statement in an aggressive tone highlighting so-called successes and achievements of the Mujahideen. (news.oneindia.in, 3 May 2010)
April 24, 2010 More
According to the Faryab Province government spokesman, two Chinese engineers, who were kidnapped in January while working on a road-building project in northwestern Faryab Province have been freed in a rescue operation. The official said that no ransom had been paid, but gave no further details of the release and did not identify the kidnappers. The kidnapping of foreigners and Afghans for ransom has become a serious danger in rural parts of Afghanistan. The Taliban have also made political demands in some kidnapping cases. (in.reuters.com, 25 April 2010)
April 15, 2010 More
The Baghlan Province Police chief confirmed the abduction of a number of United Nations aid workers who were kidnapped as they were traveling in a convoy to the neighboring Samangan Province. According to the police official, the number of abductees and their nationalities is unclear. A local Taliban commander in Baghlan Province, who claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, stated that four UN workers are in his custody. (xinhua.com, 13 April 2010)
April 02, 2010 More
Japan's chief cabinet secretary confirmed the abduction of a Japanese journalist who went missing in Afghanistan. Talking to reporters, the official stated that he was aware of the abduction but refused to comment on details, citing humanitarian concerns. Japanese media reported earlier that the 40-year-old freelance journalist, who is a Muslim, has been in Afghanistan since mid-March to cover the Taliban. It was unclear who the kidnappers were. Japan, a major donor to Afghanistan, has some 120 citizens in the war-torn country and said last year it would give Kabul up to US$ 5 billion in new aid. In 2008, a Japanese aid worker was killed in eastern Afghanistan after being kidnapped. (breitbart.com, 2 April 2010)
March 06, 2010 More
Zabul province deputy police chief confirmed the kidnapping of the province director of rural development department by a group of unknown gunmen, who took him to unknown location. The official had no other details regarding the abduction which was likely carried by Taliban militants. The kidnapping marks the second attack on a provincial official in southern Afghanistan within a month. In a previous attack, Taliban militants gunned down the head of the cultural department in the neighboring Kandahar province. (xinhua.com, 7 March 2010)
February 26, 2010 More
Five suicide bombers attacked the Park Residence Hotel and the Aria Guesthouse in the upscale Shari Now area of Kabul. At least 17 people were killed (including nine Indians, an Italian diplomat and a French filmmaker) were killed, and 40 others wounded. The bombing also damaged the nearby Safi Landmark Hotel and the Kabul City Center, a popular nine-story shopping complex.
February 03, 2010 More
Faryab province police spokesman confirmed the abduction of two teachers a primary school in Daulatabad district. Though the police official blamed the Taliban militant’s for the kidnapping, claiming that they were attempting to damage the education system in the province, local Taliban commanders, denied their involvement in kidnapping the teachers. (xinhua.com, 4 February 2010) Afghanistan, 6 March 2010: Zabul province deputy police chief confirmed the kidnapping of the province director of rural development department by a group of unknown gunmen, who took him to unknown location. The official had no other details regarding the abduction which was likely carried by Taliban militants. The kidnapping marks the second attack on a provincial official in southern Afghanistan within a month. In a previous attack, Taliban militants gunned down the head of the cultural department in the neighboring Kandahar province. (xinhua.com, 7 March 2010)
January 31, 2010 More
A doctor who had been kidnapped some time ago by unidentified men in the Kohsan District of Herat Province was released after paying 4 million afghanis (about US$ 80,000). No other details were available regarding this case. (afghanislamicpress.com, 1 February 2010)
January 25, 2010 More
The Taliban have freed four Afghans who were kidnapped along with the two Chinese engineers, who remain in militant custody. The Faryab Province deputy police chief stated that the four, two drivers and two guards, were freed after negotiations, while similar talks were underway to secure the freedom of the Chinese nationals. (zeenews.com, 25 January 2010)
January 23, 2010 More
Taliban fighters ambushed a patrol led by the police chief of Shaigal District in Kunar Province, bordering Pakistan, and abducted him along with two other officers. According to the Afghani interior ministry spokesman, it was the first abduction of a police chief by militants. (news.yahboo.com, 23 January 2010)
January 18, 2010 More
At least 12 people were killed and over 30 others wounded in a coordinated Taliban attack in central Kabul, targeting the presidential palace, several government ministries, the Central Bank, Central Kabul's shopping centre and the Ariana cinema hall.
January 16, 2010 More
According to the deputy provincial governor of Faryab Province, two Chinese engineers and four Afghans were kidnapped by gunmen in the northwestern province as they traveled back to their base after working on a road construction project. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. Though kidnappings - mostly of Afghans - for ransom or for political reasons are on common in Afghanistan, Faryab Province, bordering Turkmenistan, has been relatively peaceful since the 2001 U.S. invasion of the country. (miamiherald.com, 18 January 2010)
December 30, 2009 More
Two French reporters were kidnapped along with three Afghans who were traveling with them in the Shinkai District of Kapisa Province about 120km/70 miles northeast of the Afghan capital, Kabul. According to media reports in France, the two were employed by a French TV channel. Both the Taliban and other insurgent groups operate in Kapisa Province, where French troops are stationed as part of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan. The kidnapping came as the French Defense minister was visiting French troops based in Nijrab, central Kapisa, for the New Year. (news.bbc.co.uk, 31 December 2009)
December 25, 2009 More
In 36-minute video video clip released by the Taliban, a man wearing military uniforms and a helmat identifies himself as Bowe Bergdahl, 23, of Hailey, Idaho, who went missing while on patrol in east Afghanistan on June 30. The soldier gives his rank, birth date, blood type, his unit and his mother's maiden name before beginning a lengthy verbal attack on the U.S. conduct of the war in Afghanistan and its relations with Muslims. The soldier appears healthy and doesn't appear to have been abused. The video, which has an English-language narration in parts, also shows images of prisoners in U.S. custody being abused, while the soldgier says he did not suffer such ill treatment. A statement read by a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, appears at the end of the video and renews demands for a “limited number of prisoners” to be exchanged for Bergdahl. The statement says that more American troops could be captured. (nydailynews.com, 25 December 2009)
December 16, 2009 More
Three Afghan and Iraqi journalists working for a British newspaper, who were kidnapped on December 10, were freed. The three were kidnapped by an armed gang in the Kunar region near the Pakistani border. According to the newspaper’s statement, their release "was secured via representatives and intermediaries in Afghanistan," adding that their abduction was not published to avoid risking their safety. (news.yahoo.com, 16 December 2009)
December 15, 2009 More
Eight people were killed and more than 40 others wounded in a suicide car bombing near the Heetal Hotel (known for lodging foreigners) in Kabul’s Wazir Akbar Khan district.
November 16, 2009 More
Ten of thirteen children who were kidnapped in the Haska Mina District of eastern Nangarhar Province escaped their captors and returned home. According to the Haska Mina District chief, the children - aged between eight and 13 - were kept in the Dogar area of the Tirah Valley in Pakistan's lawless tribal region of Khyber Agency. The official revealed that the children escaped during a Pakistan Air Force bombardment on the Dogar area in Khyber Agency. The Pakistan Taliban has denied involvement in the abduction but a man whose son and nephew were among the abductees insisted that the unidentified armed kidnappers handed the children to the Taliban. According to the children, the kidnappers repeatedly asked them whether their family members worked for Afghan security forces. During their captivity the children were beaten and subjected to starvation. The Nangarhar governor’s spokesman told reporters that the children managed to escape and there had been no deal for their release. (pajhwok.com, 18 November 2009)
November 12, 2009 More
A Norwegian freelance reporter, working for a Norwegian television production company, and his Afghan interpreter who were kidnapped on November 4 in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border have been released by their captors. The kidnapping of the two was not published as the Norwegian government had asked media outlets to refrain from reporting on the incident for security reasons. A statement released by the Norwegian foreign ministry made no mention of a ransom being paid. The identities of the two men or their captors was not disclosed. (newsinfo.inquirer.net, 12 November 2009)
November 09, 2009 More
Afghani authorities arrested two police officers on charges of kidnapping a driver for ransom in Lashkargah, the provincial capital of southern Helmand Province. The 25-year-old driver, who was reportedly kidnapped on November 6, managed to escape from the basement of the house where the two held him hostage. The driver reported the incident to the police headquarters. No other details were released regarding this incident. (pajhwok.com, 10 November 2009)
November 08, 2009 More
In a press release, the Afghan Interior Ministry announced that Kandahar police have dismantled a gang of kidnappers in the city as a result of a rescue operation that freed two children and arrested five kidnappers. The kidnappers initially demanded US$ 200,000 in ransom for the release of the children, whose identities were not revealed. Kidnappings-for-ransom targeting businessmen in the neighboring Herat Province triggered a series of peaceful demonstrations in the city last month. (xinhua.com, 8 November 2009)
October 28, 2009 More
Six United Nations staffers were among 12 people killed in a suicide attack by three Taliban gunmen. Attackers stormed the Bakhtar guesthouse in Kabul’s Shahr-e-Naw district. At least 40 people were wounded in the attack. United Nations investigators believe that Afghan police mistakenly shot and killed four of the U.N. employees during the Taliban attack. In a separate attack on the same day, two RPGs were fired at the city's five-star Serena Hotel. The hotel was the site of a deadly suicide bombing in January 2008.
October 14, 2009 More
In a joint operation, coalition and Afghan forces have managed to free eight civilians who were kidnapped on October 12 by Taliban forces in Darmang-e Adrin in Sar-e Pol Province. The Sar-e Pol Province security commander said that the kidnapped people were recovered in a secret place in Kohestanat District at around 2 pm local time with their hands and feet tied and blindfolded. (BBC Monitoring South Asia, 15 October 2009)
October 13, 2009 More
In two separate incidents, Taliban insurgents abducted 16 people in northern Afghanistan, a region that has been long seen as relatively safe. In the first incident Taliban fighters stormed a clinic in the rugged Sar-i-Pul Province where they abducted eight health workers including women. In the second kidnapping, which occurred overnight in the neighboring Faryab Province, Taliban fighters staged an attack on a police post and took away eight police officers (reuters.com, 13 October 2009)
October 08, 2009 More
A suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle outside the Indian Embassy, killing 17 people— mostly civilians — and wounding at least 76 more. The Taliban claims responsibility.
September 29, 2009 More
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued the following Warden Message 29 September 2009: "The U.S. Embassy has received information that, as of late September 2009, Taliban members in Logar Province, Afghanistan, were planning on an unspecified date to ambush and capture unidentified Americans who routinely travel between Kabul City and Logar Province. The Taliban reportedly intend to follow the Americans’ vehicle from Kabul and stop the car en route. The U.S. Embassy urges Americans who travel between Kabul City and Logar Province to exercise additional caution if traveling in the specified area." (osac.gov, 29 September 2009)
September 17, 2009 More
Six Italian soldiers and 10 civilians were killed and dozens others wounded when an explosives-laden vehicle rammed into the Italian military convoy on Kabul's busy airport road.
September 09, 2009 More
A kidnapped British reporter working for a well-known New York-based newspaper was released during a rescue raid carried out by NATO troops that left his Afghan interpreter and a British soldier dead. The two reporters were held in a house in the Char Dara District in Kunduz Province after they were kidnapped on September 4 while traveling to a scene of a NATO air strike that killed scores of Afghans in the north of the country. The area is largely controlled by Taliban fighters, and Afghan Police had reportedly advised Western journalists not to travel there because of fears that they would be kidnapped. A resident of the district where the two reporters were held hostage told reporters that Taliban fighters holding the two captives had demanded shelter and stayed at his house on the night of September 8. He said NATO forces arrived by helicopter and killed his sister-in-law during the raid. The man added that the troops left with the British journalist but not his Afghan colleague, whose body was found outside the house in the morning. Char Dara District governor confirmed the woman’s and Afghan journalist’s deaths. This is the second time the journalist was kidnapped while working. In 2004 he was kidnapped in the Iraqi city of Falluja while working for a London-based newspaper. His abduction also marks the second kidnapping of a reporter from the same New York-based newspaper in Afghanistan in less than a year. In June 2009 the newspaper announced the escape of an American journalist who was held in Afghanistan and Pakistan for seven months. (reuters.com, 9 September 2009 & news.bbc.co.uk, 9 September 2009)
August 12, 2009 More
Unidentified gunmen abducted three people campaigning for a leading candidate in Afghanistan’s presidential election in northwest Badghis Province. The Badghis deputy governor confirmed the abduction, adding that the candidate’s campaign office had not asked for protection. (canada.com, 12 August 2009)
July 19, 2009 More
The Taliban released a 28-minute video of a 23-year-old captured American soldier whom U.S. military officials identified for the first time as Pvt. Bowe Robert Bergdahl. The video marked the first time that militants have sought to take advantage of his June 30 capture to critsize President Barack Obama's decision to escalate U.S. involvement in the war. The footage shows Bergdahl in apparent good condition, dressed in a traditional Afghan shirt and tunic. Responding to questions from his captors, Bergdahl calls for U.S. forces to be returned home and expresses his worry that he may never again see his family. (cleveland.com, 19 July 2009)
July 06, 2009 More
Sixteen Afghan nationals working for a United Nations-sponsored de-mining agency, who were kidnapped on July 4 in eastern Paktia Province, were released unharmed by their captors. According to the head of the de-mining agency in Paktia, tribal chiefs in the province made contact with the kidnappers and were able to secure the men’s release. The official added that no ransom was paid for their release. During 2008, 13 other de-miners working for another agency were kidnapped in the same province. They were released after a month in captivity with the aid of local tribal chiefs. It is unknown if ransom was paid in the earlier case. In an unrelated event, Afghan employees working for Dutch aid agency were abducted in neighboring Khost Province on July 4. No other information was available regarding the case. (alertnet.org, 6 July 2009)
June 30, 2009 More
A U.S. military spokesman confirmed the capture of an American soldier, who disappeared after walking off his base in eastern Afghanistan, by militants. The spokswoman did not provide details on the soldier, the location where he was captured or the circumstances. According to Afghan high-ranking police official, the soldier went missing in the Mullakheil area of eastern Paktika province. (heraldnet.com, 2 July 2009)
May 29, 2009 More
Unknown gunmen have abducted a Turkish engineer as he was returning to his guesthouse in the eastern town of Khost. The engineer had been working on building a hospital in the area. Khost, which is close to the border with Pakistan, has seen a surge in Taliban attacks in recent months. While militants have carried out dozens of kidnappings, other groups, including professional gangs, have also abducted people for ransom. (hurriyet.com.tr, 30 May 2009)
April 24, 2009 More
The father of the Afghan education minister was released unharmed by his kidnappers four days after his abduction. A cousin of the education minister told reporters that his uncle was kidnapped by a criminal gang and added that his release was secured by the security forces with the help of tribal elders and that no ransom was paid. The Ghazni Province police chief said the kidnappers handed the victim over to the security forces in Khwaja Omar District. The Taliban spokesmen denied the group’s participation in the kidnapping. (pajhwok.com, 26 April 2009)
April 20, 2009 More
According to a provincial governor, the Taliban have kidnapped the father of Afghanistan's education minister in the Sayed Abad District of Wardak Province. Another son of the 80-year-old victim told reporters that the family was in contact with the kidnappers. Kidnappings of wealthy Afghans by criminals and militants seeking ransom or political leverage have spiked over the last year. (gulfnews.com, 21 April 2009)
March 05, 2009 More
Unknown gunmen kidnapped the deputy head of logistics with the Ministry of Defense while on his way to the office in Kabul. A Defense Ministry spokesman stated that police and other security agencies have launched an investigation into the incident, but did not release further information. According to Kabul’s police chief, four unidentified gunmen kidnapped the official at approximately 8:30 am from the Khairkhana Mena area. The police chief added that the motive behind his abduction was unknown. Kidnappings of traders and government officials are on the increase in Kabul. This case marked the fifteenth abduction to take place in the capital since February 17. On March 3, a gas seller was kidnapped from Karta-i-Parwan locality in Kabul. His fate is still unknown. (pajhwok.com, 5 March 2009)
March 01, 2009 More
Unidentified armed men have abducted at least 10 health workers in the western province of Farah and the southern province of Zabul over the past two months. Two medical doctors were kidnapped on February 26 in the Mizan district of Zabul, while several vaccinators and local healthcare personnel have been abducted in Farah since early January. Increased attacks on aid workers have diminished humanitarian access and have denied essential services to many vulnerable people, aid agencies say. (reliefweb.int, 1 March 2009)
February 23, 2009 More
Unknown gunmen kidnapped two Iranian nationals on the highway linking Herat to Eslam Qal'eh in Afghanistan. The two were kidnapped when their vehicle developed mechanical problems and they had to stop in the Meimizak district of the Zindajan town of Herat. Both the police and Iranian Consulate officials in Herat have refused to comment on the incident. With kidnappings on the rise in Herat, this latest kidnapping brings the number of Iranian nationals currently held captive in Afghanistan to three. Another Iranian national was kidnapped in the Ghurian district of Herat in January. (BBC Worldwide Monitoring, 24 February 2009)
February 11, 2009 More
At least 26 people die and 55 are wounded in three near simultaneous Taliban attacks on official buildings in Kabul.
January 28, 2009 More
An Iranian national was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in the Ghurian district in Afghanistan's volatile Heart Province. The unidentified victim was abducted about 2km/1.6 miles from an Iranian construction company’s complex near the Ghurian district. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the abduction. Unknown gunmen also abducted a number of Iranian nationals, including two Iranian civil engineers, in Heart Province in August 2008. The hostages were freed after ransoms were delivered. (BBC Worldwide Monitoring, 29 January 2009)
December 24, 2008 More
Suspected Taliban militants have kidnapped a 38-year-old Indian national working for an Italian company in Herat province. The kidnappers reportedly demanded U.S. $50,000 for his release. Though the kidnapping took place on 13 October 2008:, the incident was only leaked to the media recently. While there was no immediate information about his fate, sources said Indian authorities who were in touch with their Afghan counterparts, claimed he was alive. He had been kidnapped with two other colleagues, while delivering food at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) camp at Bagram air base, about 70 km/ 43 mi from Kabul. (uniindia.com, 25 December 2008)
December 18, 2008 More
Four Pakistani civil engineers working for a private firm in Afghanistan have been kidnapped by unidentified men before the Eid-ul-Azha festival near the border town of Torkham. The engineers were abducted while they were returning to Pakistan. According to the chief executive officer of the company employing the engineers, the kidnappers have demanded a huge ransom for their release. The official added that the four were kidnapped because certain sub-contractors in Afghanistan were not paid their dues. The official claimed that though the local administration officials, police and other security institutions were informed about the abduction they had not taken any action. (ptinews.com, 18 December 2008)
December 03, 2008 More
A French aid worker was freed on 2 December after being kidnapped a month earlier by three armed men as he walked through a residential district of Kabul. An Afghan who tried to stop the abduction was shot dead. The details of the victim’s release remain sketchy. The Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman stated that the man was freed with the efforts of the Afghan security forces, but declined to elaborate, while the head of the Paris-based organization employing the man told reporters that the captive was released following long negotiations with his kidnappers. The official insisted that no ransom had been paid to the kidnappers who realized that the group has limited means and that the victim was indeed an aid worker. The official added that the kidnappers also took account of the fact that the captive’s health was deteriorating. (canada.com, 3 December 2008)
November 10, 2008 More
An American journalist working for a known New York-based newspaper was kidnapped by Taliban militants along with his Afghan driver and interpreter in Logar Province, located approximately 60 Km/40 mi south of Kabul. According to the provincial government's spokesman, the abducted journalist wanted to interview local Taliban fighters without contacting the local officials. (freerepublic.com, 11 Nov 2008)
November 08, 2008 More
A female Canadian journalist with a known Canadian TV channel, who had been kidnapped by armed men on 12 October, from a refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul, was freed by her captors. A Wardak Province spokesman told reporters that the journalist’s freedom was achieved thanks to tribal elders who negotiated her release. Though Western media outlets working in Afghanistan were aware of the woman’s abduction, they did not publish the case at the request of her employer while officials tried to negotiate her release. The Canadian prime minister said no ransom had been paid by his government, the journalist’s employer or anyone else. In a videotaped message, the journalist said she had been kept blindfolded in a cave where it was difficult to stand. (news.bbc.co.uk, 9 November 2008)
November 03, 2008 More
Unidentified gunmen, dressed as security guards, kidnapped a 32-year-old French education aid worker in central Kabul and killed an Afghan bystander who tried to thwart the abduction. The abduction occurred as the victim and a fellow French aid worker were making their way from their residence to their office when three men armed with assault rifles tried to seize them. One of the aid workers managed to escape when an Afghan working as a driver in the intelligence service tackled one of the kidnappers and grabbed his gun. The kidnappers shot and killed the driver, pushed the other aid worker into a car and drove off. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the kidnapping, but the Taliban denied involvement. Both foreigners and prominent Afghans have recently been kidnapped in the capital and neighboring provinces. Many of the abductions have been attributed by Afghan officials to criminal gangs seeking ransom. (iht.com, 3 November 2008)
October 26, 2008 More
The head of the Afghan National Directorate of Security announced that the former Afghan presidential candidate and relative of the late king was rescued along with the son of a prominent Kabul banker from a well where they were held by kidnappers. The two were found together in a 1 m x 2 m/3 ft x6 ft hole dug at the bottom of a 5 m/16 ft-deep well on the northeastern edge of Kabul. The official told reporters that the top of the well had been covered with earth and wood weighing hundreds of kilograms and an air vent had supplied oxygen into the "room." Eight suspects linked to the abductions have been arrested. (dailystar.com.lb, 27 October 2008)
October 23, 2008 More
Three Turkish nationals, working on a communications project in Afghanistan, were kidnapped while traveling in the southeastern province of Khost, when their vehicle was intercepted by unidentified gunmen. During a joint news conference, the Afghan and Turkish foreign ministers confirmed the abduction and stated that Afghan intelligence officials and the provincial governor were working to resolve the case adding that the three were believed to have been abducted by a criminal gang. (newsday.com, 25 October 2008)
October 22, 2008 More
During a rescue raid carried out last week by U.S. Special Forces soldiers, a kidnapped American contractor was freed and several insurgents were killed. The victim, who was working on U.S. government-funded infrastructure projects, was kidnapped in mid-August, but his abduction was not made public. According to U.S officials, the military was able to locate the kidnappers’ safe house in the Nirkh District of Wardak Province, about 48 km/30 mi west of Kabul. Although the motive behind this abduction was not disclosed, Taliban militants have kidnapped several international aid workers and journalists in recent years and have been paid large ransoms or negotiated the release of imprisoned Taliban fighters in exchange for their hostages. However, increasingly aggressive crime gangs are also making big money by kidnapping wealthy Afghans and foreigners and demanding ransoms. During the raid several insurgents were killed. Hostage rescues are rarely attempted and difficult to pull off successfully due to the possibility of injury to the hostage by either the abductors or the rescue forces. (cbsnews.com, 22 October 2008)
October 19, 2008 More
Unknown gunmen kidnapped a 63-year-old former Afghan presidential candidate and a relative of the late king near his home in the Carte Chehar area of Kabul. According to Kabul's deputy chief of police, the former politician was abducted at gunpoint by four men at around 2300 local time as he returned home from dinner. The victim's bodyguard and driver, who were with him at the time of the abduction, were unharmed. The victim was a brother-in-law of a former Afghan king who was overthrown in a 1973 coup. The kidnapping marks the third kidnapping case in Kabul within a week. Earlier, a Canadian journalist and a son of a bank official were also kidnapped and are still missing. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. (pajhwok.com, 20 October 2008)
August 25, 2008 More
A 31-year-old Japanese aid worker, who has been working in Afghanistan since 2003, was kidnapped along with his driver by Taliban militants in the eastern province of Nangarhar as he was going to inspect an irrigation project being built by his employer, a non-governmental group based in Peshawar. His Afghan driver was freed by security forces during a firefight soon after the abduction. Though the Afghan interior ministry claimed that the aid worker was released during a "massive" rescue operation, the ministry later retracted the statement. There have been also conflicting reports regarding the location of the abduction. While the Afghan government said the aid worker was kidnapped in Kuz Kunar district, about 20 Km/12 miles north of Jalalabad, the Japanese media put the location at Dara-e-Noor, further north and towards Kunar. The faith of the Japanese national is still unknown. (news.yahoo.com, 26 August 2008)
August 16, 2008 More
Two Iranian nationals were kidnapped in western Afghanistan while driving on the highway between Herat and Islam Qala on their way to the city of Herat. One of the abducted Iranians is a director at an Iranian road construction company that is building a road from Herat to Faryab province while the other man is a businessman who was looking to invest in Afghanistan. (gulfnews.com, 16 August 2008)
August 07, 2008 More
A German-Afghan businessman, who was kidnapped for ransom in mid-July 2008 outside a wedding hall that he owns in Kabul, was freed from his abductors during a rescue operation by operatives of the Afghan intelligence agency. An official with the agency stated that three suspects were arrested during the raid. The kidnappers initially demanded US$3 million for his safe release and had threatened to cut off his hand and an ear if they did not pay. Kidnappings by criminal gangs seeking ransom have soared in Afghanistan as security has deteriorated since the 2001 ouster of the Taliban government. (news.yahoo.com, 7 August 2008)
July 18, 2008 More
Two French aid workers were kidnapped at gunpoint by a group of gunmen who entered the organization’s guest house in Neli, the capital city of Daikundi Province in central Afghanistan, located about 310 km/193 mi from Kabul. The gunmen reportedly overpowered the guards and forced the aid workers into a waiting vehicle. As a result of the kidnapping the French organization that deals with food relief operations has suspended its relief operations in Afghanistan. (Deutsche Presse-Agentur, 19 July 2008)
July 15, 2008 More
Two Turkish engineers working on a construction project in the town of Islam Qala in western Afghanistan, which borders Iran, were kidnapped by a group of unknown gunmen. According to the regional police chief, the two were traveling in a vehicle that was intercepted by the gunmen. The official stated that Islam Qala, the region’s main border crossing with Iran, has seen little Taliban activity. However, criminals have carried out kidnappings in the past and handed over their captives to the Taliban in return for money. (iht.com, 16 July 2008)
July 15, 2008 More
According to Afghan police, a German national kidnapped in western Afghanistan seven months ago may have been killed by his captors after their ransom demands were not met. The unknown abductors initially demanded US$50,000 for the release of the 42-year-old carpenter, who was abducted in Herat province in mid-December. There have been numerous kidnapping for ransom incident in Herat, one of Afghanistan’s most prosperous cities, located about 100 km/60 mi from the border with Iran. Late in 2007, businessmen and professionals went on strike in the city for several days to protest a surge in abductions. Kidnapping is also a threat in other parts of the country, with criminal gangs as well as Taliban-linked insurgents most often responsible. (news.yahoo.com, 16 July 2008)
July 13, 2008 More
Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the abduction of an Afghan senator who was snatched at gunpoint about 70 km/40 mi from Kabul, the capital. According to a police source, the senator, representing Logar province in the Upper House of the Parliament, was kidnapped as he was driving with his two guards and driver. Ever since they were ousted from power in 2001, the Taliban have targeted government officials. A member of the lower house of the Parliament was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the southern province of Kandahar on 5 July. He was the 10th lawmaker to be killed since Afghanistan's first democratically chosen parliament was elected in 2005. Police, however, expect the militants to demand the release of their prisoners in Afghan jails in exchange for the senator, as they have done following past abductions. (news.yahoo.com, 14 July 2008)
July 07, 2008 More
A suicide car bomber attack on the Indian embassy buildingin Kabul during the morning rush hour. At least 58 people, ncluding five Indians, were killed in the blast  and more than 150 others were injured. India accused Pakistan of involvement in the attack.
July 01, 2008 More
A Chinese road engineer, who was kidnapped along with his driver in the Jalrez district of Wardak province, about 28 mi/45 km south of Kabul, on 30 June, was freed during a raid on his kidnapper’s hideout by Afghan forces. According to Wardak’s provincial governor, the engineer was unharmed, adding that his driver was freed by security forces a day earlier. The official added that the kidnappers had already fled the area, as Afghan army, police and intelligence forces prepared to raid the compound where the engineer were being held. A local Taliban spokesman, whose militant group has been responsible for several such kidnappings, denied the organization’s suspected involvement in the kidnapping. Criminal gangs have also been involved in kidnapping Afghan and foreign nationals for ransom. (scmp.com, 3 July 2008)
April 27, 2008 More
Militants open fire on a national military parade in central Kabul. Three people including an Afghan parliament member were killed in the attack. The event was attended by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and foreign dignitaries.
April 22, 2008 More
According to Afghan police, two Indian nationals, employees of a U.S.-based security company, have reportedly been kidnapped in Adraskan district, Herat province, western Afghanistan.  However, the Indian government confirmed that only one of its nationals was missing. An afghan police spokesman said both men had called police on April 21 and said they were "in trouble." Police found their vehicle abandoned. No group has yet contacted the police with a claim of responsibility. (english.aljazeera.net, 22 April 2008)
April 22, 2008 More
Drivers and passengers traveling on the highways of Herat-Badghis and Herat-Kandahar complained to local authorities of being extorted by highway police officers. In their complaints the drivers alleged that officers demanded between 1,000-5,000 Afghanis (US$20-US$100). The drivers claim that the officers are calling their money demands “road toll” or "the money for commissioning of the road." The drivers also complained about inhumane treatment at the hands of the two highways’ police forces. An adviser to the Interior Ministry who is also the head of regional police command confirmed the drivers’ claim, saying he had instructed the local authorities in these regions to launch an investigation into the case and take legal action and dismiss those police officers involved in extortion and abuse of powers. In the Western Zone (Herat, Farah, Badghis and Ghor provinces), authorities have disarmed more than 50 police officers working on the Herat-Delaram highway due to similar charges. (BBC Monitoring, 22 April 2008)
April 18, 2008 More
Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan, who went missing on February 11 in the Khyber area, has appeared in a video saying he is being held by "mujahedeen from the Taliban." In the video footage, which was aired by a Dubai-based television network, the ambassador was seen surrounded by armed gunmen. He urged the Pakistani government to meet his captor’s demands. The ambassador stated that he has been abducted along with his driver and bodyguard, adding that he is being treated well but is suffering health problems such as high blood pressure and heart pains. A Taliban spokesman said in February that the group would exchange the abductees for a Taliban commander who was captured by Pakistani security forces in addition to an undisclosed ransom amount. (news.bbc.co.uk, 19 April 2008)
April 17, 2008 More
During a phone interview with a local media outlet, a spokesperson for an unidentified armed gang that kidnapped two Pakistani engineers -- working for a private construction company -- in March, told the reporters that if their demands were not met they would kill the two engineers. The two were kidnapped while traveling in the Sabri district in southeastern Khost province. The construction company manager confirmed that the two were kidnapped, hinting that the engineers themselves might be involved in the kidnapping plot. The official also stated that he told the kidnappers that the company could never pay, regardless of whether they killed the engineers or not. (pajhwok.com, 17 April 2008)
April 17, 2008 More
According to the crime branch chief of the Logar provincial police headquarters, Afghan policemen foiled a kidnapping attempt on a U.S doctor and her Afghan companion by Taliban fighters. Speaking with reporters the official said that the doctors were rescued from Qala-i-Yousuf village in Baraki Barak district, where they traveled from Kabul to construct a clinic. The official stated that the doctors did not inform police headquarters before they traveled to the area. Not long after their arrival the doctors were captured by the Taliban fighters. Police officers acted on a tip off from an area resident to thwart the attempted kidnapping. Locals said the doctors were sent by the health ministry from Kabul, the capital; however, the health ministry has not commented on the incident. (pajhwok.com, 17 April 2008)
March 26, 2008 More
Speaking to reporters, the Helmand province police commander announced that local police managed to arrest a kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the Nad-e Ali District. The gang was arrested during a rescue operation to free a local shop owner, who was kidnapped in the Kart-e Lagan area of Lashkargah town, by gang members dressed in police uniforms. Eyewitnesses reported the incident to police as it was taking place. Officers immediately launched the operation and managed to capture them and arrest two accomplices later. While victims whose families pay the demanded ransom are usually released, those who cannot afford the ransom or refuse to pay it are usually killed. (afghanislamicpress.com, 27 March 2008)
February 27, 2008 More
An Asian relief organization based in Thailand announced that a U.S. female worker and her driver, who were kidnapped by unknown militants on 26 January from a residential neighborhood in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, have been killed. Though the organization said it has no confirmation of their deaths, its official statement indicates that information on the deaths of the two was provided by reliable sources. (Xinhua General News Service, 27 February 2008)
February 20, 2008 More
According to a statement released by the Afghan Interior Ministry, suspected Taliban militants have kidnapped two education department supervisors in the western province of Farah, bordering the volatile Helmand province in the southern zone. Security officials claim the two were abducted by operatives of a local militant leader known as Ibrahim. Government employees are easy targets for the militants, and they are often abducted and at times executed, especially in the southern region, comprising Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Khost and Paktia provinces. (indianmuslims.info, 20 February 2008)
February 11, 2008 More
Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan went missing as he traveled by road through a volatile Pakistani tribal region and is feared to have been kidnapped. According to media reports, the ambassador was heading to Kabul, the Afghan capital, from the Pakistani tribal district of Khyber when he disappeared. The Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed that the ambassador was missing, but provided no further details. The ambassador was last heard from in Peshawar, the main city in northwestern Pakistan, but there was no record of him at a Khyber checkpoint, indicating he likely disappeared before entering the district. Islamic militants and criminals engaging in kidnap-for-ransom operate in Pakistan's northwest tribal regions bordering Afghanistan. (dailystar.com.lb, 12 February 2008)
January 30, 2008 More
According to Afghanistan's Interior Ministry, Taliban insurgents beheaded four Afghan construction workers in the northeast region of the country after their families failed to pay a ransom for their release. The four were kidnapped during the 22-25 January week while working on a road project in the northeastern province of Nuristan. Taliban insurgents have often targeted workers on government and foreign-backed infrastructure projects. (voanews.com, 30 January 2008)
January 26, 2008 More
A 49-year-old female U.S. aid worker was kidnapped along with her driver by unknown gunmen in the southern city of Kandahar. The governor of Kandahar province – birthplace of the Taliban and still one of their strongholds, and also one of the most troubled areas in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Taliban’s toppling -- confirmed the abduction. The governor told reporters that the woman was kidnapped from her vehicle while she was traveling from her home to her office, adding that the victim was accompanied by her Afghan driver but had no armed guards. The woman, working for an Asian-based NGO, has resided in Kandahar since 2002. She has been involved with local agricultural projects and also helped local students learn computers and English. (enews20.com, 26 January 2008)
January 16, 2008 More
Legislators from the southern Kandahar province alleged that local security agencies are involved in crimes, including kidnappings for ransom. According to the officials, they have received complaints from residents concerned about crime and insecurity in the province. One of the officials told reporters that due to the low salaries, officers are often involved in kidnappings to increase their income. The official added that the practice had prompted local youth to join the force. As an example of her allegation, the official pointed to a recent kidnapping case in which a child was kidnapped in Kandahar City by men wearing police uniforms. The kidnappers initially demanded US$100,000, but later reduced the ransom amount to US$50,000 and released the minor. Another official confirmed his colleague’s allegations, claiming he took up the issue with police officials who investigated 30 cops on criminal charges. Though admitting that police officers were involved in crimes, Kandahar’s police chief denied the allegations that officers were involved in kidnappings, arguing that only four kidnapping cases were registered over the last seven months. (afgha.com, 19 January 2008)
January 15, 2008 More
An Afghan Interior Ministry spokesperson announced that police officials have arrested a six-member kidnap for ransom gang who chopped off the fingers and toes of their hostages and sent them to families with ransom demands. The gang, which operated in the southern town of Lashkar Gah, was caught with knives and other tools that they used during the abductions and the gang members reportedly confessed to their crimes. According to the spokesperson, on three occasions the gang obtained ransoms ranging between US$40 000-US$70 000. Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, kidnappings have increased throughout Afghanistan. While some of the kidnappings were carried out by Taliban insurgents hoping to gain political concessions, most kidnappings were committed by criminal gangs seeking ransoms. (news24.com, 16 January 2008)
January 14, 2008 More
A Taliban suicide attacker left eight dead at the Serena Hotel, Kabul's most luxurious hotel.
December 16, 2007 More
Four oil tanker trucks that were transporting oil from the southern districts to the Parachinar area were denied passage by members of the local tribal police force who were manning the Chepri checkpoint. After turning back, local Taliban pursued the tanker trucks and kidnapped the eight persons aboard at gunpoint, forcing them to drive the tankers to an unknown location. After the abduction, the tankers passed through the same checkpoint despite the earlier refusal. Local sources with the Frontier Post administration stated that personnel at the checkpoint might be involved in the crime. (thefrontierpost.com, 17 December 2007)
December 15, 2007 More
According to Afghan police officials, a German convert to Islam was abducted in the Gulran district of Herat province by unidentified men. The man was identified as a 42-year-old carpenter from the southern German town of Amberg, who is a former employee of a German relief organization. (khaleejtimes.com, 17 December 2007)
December 12, 2007 More
The district administrator in charge of refugee affairs in Peshawar province went missing and is believed to have been kidnapped by unidentified assailants near Darra Adamkhel. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) vehicle utilized by the official is also missing. A day earlier, seven officials of an NGO had been abducted from Michni village in the outskirts of Peshawar, while running an awareness campaign about stomach diseases. Three females were freed later but their four male colleagues were taken to an unknown location and are still being held hostage. (thenews.com.pk, 13 December 2007)
November 20, 2007 More
Taliban members in Kohat released three women they had kidnapped from Darra Adamkhel on 19 November. The action is likely a response to the Bangash tribe’s threat to act on its own if the government failed to secure their release by 21 November. The victims were kidnapped after their vehicle was stopped coming from Peshawar via the Indus Highway. Tribal leaders, led by the former chief justice of Peshawar’s High Court, condemned the violence in Kurram Agency and Darra Adamkhel, blaming the federal and provincial government for the region’s unrest and mass killings. (dawn.com, 21 November 2007)
November 15, 2007 More
Reports from Afghan police indicate that an Iranian engineer who was kidnapped on 13 November may have been kidnapped for ransom, rather than for political reasons as previously believed. The Taliban denied any involvement in the kidnapping. The engineer was taken at gunpoint while inspecting a railroad project in the province of Herat, near Afghanistan’s border with Iran. His abductors freed his Afghan driver and guard the following day. (gulf-times.com, 16 November 2007)
October 05, 2007 More
Local sources indicate that kidnapping for ransom has increased in the province of Helmand, although no precise statistics are available. The security chief for the province admitted that kidnap pings for ransom have increased overall, but claimed that there has been a decrease since authorities established police checkpoints in the Marja and Nad Ali districts. Although Taliban insurgents are active in the area, they have denied that they are behind most of the kidnappings, pointing out that whenever they stage kidnappings they make political rather than financial demands. Most incidents appear to be the work of ordinary criminals who are taking advantage of the poor security conditions in the area. Based on the reported incidents, ransom demands reach 2 million afghani (approximately US$40,OOO), although these are often reduced somewhat following negotiations. Released hostages have reported being treated very badly while in captivity, being deprived of food, kept blindfolded and subjected to beatings. (iwpr.net, 5 October 2007)
October 01, 2007 More
Early on 1 October, three Afghans who were driving trucks loaded with supplies for coalition soldiers were kidnapped in the central province of Wardak. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the kidnappings, stating that the three were seized because "they were helping invading forces." (afp.google.com, 1 October 2007)
September 30, 2007 More
Two Afghans affiliated with a Western non-governmental organization (NGO) were kidnapping in the province of Logar, located approximately 30 mi/50 km south of Kabul. An unidentified individual called the NGO and demanded a ransom. The two were released on 8 October after their relatives negotiated directly with the kidnappers. Reports did not specify whether a ransom was paid. In a separate incident in the same area of the country, a Bangladeshi national was kidnapped on 15 September. His kidnappers also demanded a ransom via a video clip they sent to a local television station. No further details are available regarding either incident. (AFP' 9 October 2007:; afp.google.com, 2 October 2007)
September 29, 2007 More
A Taliban suicide bomber killed 30 people; most of them defense ministry employees, aboard a military bus in Kabul.
September 29, 2007 More
Taliban insurgents released four Red Cross workers whom they had kidnapped on 26 September in the central province of Wsrdak. The Taliban handed them over to Red Cross officials in that same province. A Taliban spokesman stated that the four had be~n seized "mistakenly." He praised the work of the Red Cross in Afghanistan, adding that the organization's personnel should not be targeted. Two of the four hostages are foreigners, and two are Afghans. At the time of the kidnapping, they were attempting to obtain the release of a German man who has been in captivity since July 2007. On 10 October the German hostage and five Afghans were released in Majdan Shah, the capital of Wardak. Afghan authorities agreed to release five Taliban prisoners in exchange. A local official in Wardak stated that the released Taliban were not high-ranking figures and that some of them had family ties with the kidnappers. The German man and one of the released Afghans stated that the police officers who had been assigned to protect them had evidently been in contact with the Taliban kidnappers and stood by passively as the abduction occurred. (AFP, 10 and 11 October; news.yahoo.com, 29 September 2007)
September 24, 2007 More
NATO forces rescued two Italian soldiers and their Afghan interpreter during an operation in Farah province on 24 September. The three were kidnapped on 22 September in the province of Herat. The identities and affiliation of the kidnappers, eight of whom were killed in the rescue operation, are unknown. The hostages also sustained gunshot wounds during the rescue, and one of the Italians died of his wounds on 4 October. NATO officials stated that the kidnappers shot the hostages "in an act of desperation," denying initial reports that the injuries resulted from friendly fire. (uk.reuters.com, 24 September 2007:; laverdad. com, 26 September.com; AFp, 4 October 2007)
September 15, 2007 More
A Bangladeshi development worker was kidnapped in the town of Pul-i-Alam, located approximately 30 mi/50 km south of Kabul, by six armed men who burst into his office and forcefully took him away. The insurgent Taliban movement, which has taken hostage several foreign nationals this year, could not immediately be reached for comment on the latest kidnapping. The governor of Logar province, Abdullah Wardak, said he suspected the kidnappers were criminals hoping to secure a ransom. Another Bangladeshi national from the same organization was shot dead in the mountainous northeast of the country five days ago. (AFP, 16 September 2007)
September 13, 2007 More
The kidnappers released the last of the three abducted de-miners. According to the head of the consultant firm employing the de-miners, no ransom was paid and the release of the men followed an intervention by tribal elders. (boston.com, 13 September 2007)
September 10, 2007 More
With the intervention of tribal elders, the kidnappers freed 10 of 13 de-miners they had abducted the previous week. According to a provincial spokesman, the remaining three will be released soon. No ransom was paid for the release of the de-miners. (alertnet.org, 10 September 2007)
September 06, 2007 More
An unidentified armed group kidnapped 12 Afghan nationals working for a local de-mining group in the country's eastern province of Paktia. The director of the de-mining group stated that the men were kidnapped while on their way back to the office from the site. A spokesman for Paktia's governor blamed the mass abduction on Òenemies of Afghanistan,Ó a term officials use to describe Islamist Taliban guerrillas and al-Qaeda militants. The abduction comes days after Taliban insurgents vowed to kidnap and kill foreign nationals from countries who have troops in Afghanistan. (signonsandiego.com, 6 September 2007)
September 01, 2007 More
A day after the last group of South Korean hostages was released by the Taliban, a senior Taliban leader told Reuters reporters that the South Korean government paid the group a ransom of more than US$20 million to secure the release of 19 missionaries held hostage since mid-July. South Korea, after the Taliban vowed to use the funds to buy arms and mount suicide attacks. The commander is on the 10-man leadership council of the Islamist Taliban movement, which is led by Mullah Mohammed Omar. (theguardian.com, 2 September 2007)
August 30, 2007 More
The Taliban freed the seven remaining South Korean hostages, ending a six-week hostage crisis that had placed enormous political pressure on the South Korean government. All of the hostages appeared to be in good condition. But signs quickly emerged that South Korea’s decision to hold direct talks with the Taliban might have emboldened the group. The hostages flew out of the country to Dubai en route for South Korea. After the release of the Korean hostages, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said in a telephone interview that the Taliban wanted direct negotiations with the German government regarding a German engineer kidnapped by the group one day before the South Koreans. Though South Korean and Taliban officials claimed that no money was paid to secure the hostages release, there was continued speculation that a ransom was paid. (nytimes.com, 31 August 2018)
August 29, 2007 More
Taliban insurgents freed 12 South Korean hostages a day after reaching a deal with Korean and Indonesian negotiators on the release of the 19 Christian volunteers. Three South Korean women were released first, followed by four women and a man — handed over to members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Ghazni province.  A third batch comprising three women and a man were released later in the day. A Taliban representative said on Wednesday they dropped the demand for Taliban prisoners to be released after they realized South Korea could not force the Afghan government to free anyone. South Korea’s said the final agreement was on condition it withdraw its troops from Afghanistan within the year and stopped its nationals doing missionary work in Afghanistan. In a news briefing in Seoul, a spokesman for South Korea’s president did not respond to questions on whether a ransom was part of the deal but said South Korea had done what was needed. (reuters.com, 29 July 2007)
August 29, 2007 More
The Taliban has released eight more kidnapped South Korean aid workers a day after the South Korean government announced that it had reached a deal with the Taliban militants holding the hostages a day earlier. South Korea has agreed to end all missionary work in Afghanistan, stop its citizens from traveling to Afghanistan, and withdraw its troops by the end of 2007 as previously planned. Three women were released on the outskirts of Ghazni early in the day and were reported to be in good health. Five additional hostages were released later to members of an international aid organization. Unofficial reports suggest that the government made a ransom payment as well. A Taliban spokesperson stated that all of the remaining aid workers being held would be released within the following week. (news.bbc.co.uk, 29 Aug 2007)
August 22, 2007 More
Gunmen abducted the mayor of Gereshk town, in the southern province of Helmand, as he drove with two of his sons and another man to the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. The gunmen released his sons and the other man traveling in the car, but kept the mayor. Authorities have launched a search-and-rescue operation. Abductions have become the Taliban's modus operandi recently, as both Afghanis and foreigners helping with reconstruction efforts in the war-ravaged country have been targeted. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 22 August 2007)
August 20, 2007 More
Afghan police officials rescued the German aid worker unharmed after surrounding the house where she was kept in Kabul. Six kidnappers surrendered to the officers. A police colonel stated that police officers managed to locate the house in southwest Kabul near where she had been kidnapped in broad daylight. After surrounding the house the kidnappers came out one by one and surrendered and the victim was freed. The colonel could not provide details about the kidnappers, saying that an investigation was underway. However, an intelligence source who wished to remain anonymous said some of them had criminal backgrounds. The German foreign ministry in Berlin confirmed that the aid worker had been rescued and delivered to the German Embassy. (dawn.com, 21 August 2007)
August 18, 2007 More
During a bold midday attack, four armed assailants kidnapped a 31-year-old German woman who works for a small Christian aid organization, while she was dining with her husband at a restaurant in Kabul. Police officers fired shots at the speeding getaway car, accidentally killing a taxi driver who was standing nearby. According to intelligence officials investigating the abduction, the kidnappers pulled up to the barbecue and fast-food restaurant and one of the men went inside and pretended to order a pizza, while two men waited outside, and the fourth remained in the car. The man in the restaurant pulled out a handgun, walked up to a table where the German couple were sitting, and forced the woman outside and into the waiting vehicle. (denverpost.com, 18 August 2007)
August 17, 2007 More
According to a provincial police chief, Taliban militants kidnapped four Afghan engineers working under a government-funded rural development program on a bridge in Shah Wali Kot district, Kandahar province. The militants opened fire on the construction site, killing a laborer and kidnapping the four engineers. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 18 August 2007)
August 13, 2007 More
Two South Korean women, among 23 hostages kidnapped by Taliban militants in mid-July, were handed over to officials from an international humanitarian aid organization. An Afghan elder delivered the women identified as Kim Gyeong-ja and Kim Ji-na, after the Taliban militants holding the group, said the two are ill. (attbusiness.net, 13 August 2007)
August 02, 2007 More
A local Taliban commander in Puli Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province, claimed that Taliban operatives kidnapped an Indian engineer who was working at a local power project. The spokesman claimed that the engineer, whom he did not name, had been brought to the central Ghazni province. However, the police chief in Baghlan and officials in Ghazni said they did not hear of the alleged abduction. (chennaionline.com, 3 August 2007)
August 01, 2007 More
The bodies of four Afghan judges, who were kidnapped 11 days ago in the Dehak district of Ghazni province, were found in a mountainous area of Ghazni province, where 21 South Korean hostages are being held by the Taliban. A police official stated that the four where shot to death. According to a human rights group operating in Afghanistan, the Taliban kidnapped at least 41 Afghan civilians and killed at least 23 of them this year. Three foreign hostages -- two South Koreans and a German engineer -- were killed in the area last week, the group said. A second engineer and four Afghans remain missing in a kidnapping in Wardak province. (sfgate.com, 1 August 2007)
July 30, 2007 More
Second South Korean hostage, Shim Seong-min, a 29-year-old Korean hostage was executed by the Taliban. Alishah Ahmadzai, provincial police chief of Ghazni, said the body of the hostage was found in the Orzo area of Andar district. The chief hostage negotiator for the Afghan government, Wahidullah Mujadadi, stated that despite execution the talks with the militants will continue to extend the deadline and secure the release of the remaining 21 Korean hostages. On July 25, Taliban militants killed the leader of the aid workers, 42-year-old Presbyterian pastor Bae Hyung-kyu. (rferl.or, 31 July 2007)
July 25, 2007 More
Unidentified gunmen abducted three men -- a German journalist and two Afghans -- in the eastern province of Kunar, in the Saangar district. Reports indicate that the journalist and the Afghans were trying to reach a village where civilians were killed in a NATO air strike a few weeks ago. The three were released later in the day (alertnet.org, 25 July 2007; forbes.com, 25 July 2007)
July 25, 2007 More
Taliban fighters claim to have executed a Korean hostage, identified as 42-year-old Bae Hyeong-Kyu a Presbyterian pastor of Saemmul Church. A Taliban spokesman said the male hostage had been executed because of Kabul's refusal to release Taliban prisoners. The spokesman added that the remaining hostages would be killed if the Afghan government did not yield to the group's demands by 1 a.m. on July 26, which will be the "final deadline”. Afghan and US troops have sealed off an area of the southern province of Ghazni, where they believe the hostages are being held. (telegraph.co.uk, 25 July 2007)
July 21, 2007 More
The Taliban threatened to execute the South Korean hostages within 24 hours unless the South Korean government withdraws its 200 troops from the country. South Korea, however, said it plans to withdraw its forces by the end of this year as scheduled. South Korea has about 200 troops serving with an 8,000-strong U.S.-led force, which is separate from the 40,000-member NATO-led force. The South Korean government announced it plans to send officials to Afghanistan for consultations with their Afghan counterparts to try to secure the release of the South Koreans. The Afghan government has also set up a special task force and pledged that it will do everything to win the South Koreans' freedom, Song said of his telephone conversation with his Afghan counterpart. (washingtonpost.com,  21 July 2007)
July 21, 2007 More
Villagers found the body of a German construction worker who had been kidnapped a day earlier. A spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin confirmed that one German was killed but stated that the cause of death had not yet been determined. (iht.com, 21 July 2007)
July 20, 2007 More
The same Taliban spokesman who claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of the South Korean group also claimed to be holding the two Germans. He demanded that Germany withdraw its troops from Afghanistan and that all Taliban inmates in Afghan prisons be released. (news.yahoo.com, 20 July 2007)
July 19, 2007 More
Taliban militants kidnapped 23 Korean nationals, including 15 women, while they traveled on a charted bus along the Kabul to Kandahar highway on ther way to the capital through Ghazni Province. Reports indicate that the governor of Qarabagh district confirmed the kidnappings and that the local government had no information about whether the Koreans were in the area or any details of their travel plans. Sources also state that a local Taliban commander claimed responsibility for the kidnappings. The Koreans are believed to be members of a South Korean church who were in Afghanistan to conduct short-term evangelizing and aid work. The kidnapping marked the largest single abduction of foreigners since 2001. (news.bbc.co.uk, 20 July 2007 &  news.yahoo.com, 20 July 2007)
July 18, 2007 More
Two German citizens went missing in Afghanistan on 18 July and are believed to have been kidnapped by a Taliban group. According to local sources, they were seized while traveling with a police escort in the central province of Wardak, located approximately 60 mi/100 km south of Kabul. The kidnappers are also holding five Afghan citizens who were traveling with the Germans, but they let the two police officers who were escorting the group go free. The Germans are said to be engineers, but it is not known for what purpose or on behalf of what agency they were in Afghanistan. (de.news.yahoo.com, 19 July 2007)
July 05, 2007 More
A German citizen who had been kidnapped on 29 June was released unharmed on 5 July. His driver and interpreter, who were kidnapped at the same time, were also released. Significant uncertainty surrounds various aspects of the kidnapping. Before the abduction, the German was last seen in a restaurant in the district of Delaram, located in the province of Farah, which borders on Iran. His abduction occurred at approximately 2300 local time, presumably while he was traveling to Heart, although this has not been confirmed. Police officials had allegedly warned the German that travel along roads in the region is unsafe. A German newspaper stated that the man was a civil engineer working on local projects on behalf of a U.S.-based relief organization and that he had been in Afghanistan for several years. A German government spokesman did not confirm this, stating only that the man was not an employee of the German government or of a German aid organization and that he was not a member of the media. The affiliations and motives of the abductors and the circumstances of the release are also uncertain. A local official in Delaram stated that he believed the kidnappers were common criminals. The Taliban denied responsibility. The Delaram official also stated that the kidnappers contacted an elders’ council in the district on 4 July to announce their intention to release the hostage and added that they had not made any demands. However, the governor of the province of Farah stated that the kidnappers had contacted tribal elders in the district of Bakwa, demanding US$40,000 for the German’s release. Officials further claimed that they had refused to pay ransom or negotiate in any way with the kidnappers and that the hostages were released thanks to a police operation. (welt.de, 5 July 2007)
June 17, 2007 More
A suicide bombing on a police bus in Kabul killed 35 people, most of them officers
June 13, 2007 More
A foreign soldier went missing in Afghanistan and the Taliban movement said it had kidnapped him. A spokesman for the U.S. military said the soldier belonged to the U.S.-led coalition forces and was missing in an area of the southern province of Helmand, part of the Taliban's main stronghold. Speaking from an unknown location, a Taliban spokesman told reporters that members of the group had kidnapped the soldier, although he said the man belonged to NATO-led forces and they were currently working to determine his nationality. Earlier in the day, a United Arab Emirates government official said a member of a team providing security for a UAE aid mission had gone missing in Afghanistan. (dailymail.co.uk, 13 June 2007)
June 04, 2007 More
According to a spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, the Afghani president authorized swapping the body of a slain top Taliban commander, killed last month in southern Afghanistan, in exchange for the release of five Afghan health workers who were kidnapped in the country's south on 27 March. The swap was demanded by the brother of the slain commander, who now heads the militant operations in the country's south. The one-legged slain militant, who orchestrated Taliban suicide attacks and beheadings, was killed in a U.S.-led military operation in Helmand province and was buried at a secret location near Kandahar. It was not immediately clear when the swap would be made. (iht.com, 4 June 2007)
May 27, 2007 More
Three Afghan aid workers, who had been kidnapped on 3 April along with two French colleagues in the southwestern province of Nimroz, were released unharmed by their Taliban captors. The two France nationals were released last month. French officials are refusing to say if a ransom was paid. (thenewstribune.com, 28 May 2007)
May 11, 2007 More
A French aid worker kidnapped by the Taliban on 3 April along with a female colleague and three Afghans was freed and the militant group credited the release to comments by France's president-elect that French troops would eventually leave Afghanistan. The release of the aid worker was confirmed by an international aid group, which said its workers had taken custody of the Frenchman. Though his female colleague was released on 28 April, there was no word on the fate of the three Afghans. (contracostatimes.com, 5 April 2007)
May 10, 2007 More
A Taliban commander claims that the group kidnapped the Uruzgan governor’s spokesman while he was traveling in a vehicle near Tirin Kot, the provincial capital of the southern province. The provincial police chief said the spokesman was last seen at Tirin Kot's main market just before noon and an investigation into the Taliban’s claim and the disappearance of the man was launched. (iht.com, 10 May 2007)
April 28, 2007 More
A French aid worker, who was kidnapped on 3 April along with three Afghan colleagues and another French citizen, has been freed, according to the Taliban. The French Foreign Ministry confirmed that a kidnapped French citizen was released, but did not indicate which one. However, a Taliban spokesman speaking to reporters over the phone said that the French woman was released in a district of southern Kandahar province. The spokesman was quoted as saying "Because she is a woman, to make good relations with the French government, we have handed this woman over to Maywand district tribal leaders." (english.pravda.ru, 28 April 2007)
April 08, 2007 More
The Taliban spokesman announced that the group has beheaded the Afghani freelance journalist and translator who was kidnapped along with the Italian journalist and their driver who was beheaded earlier on during their captivity. According to the spokesman, the journalist was killed as the government had refused to meet their demands to release more of their imprisoned men. The spokesman for Afghanistan's intelligence service confirmed the killing and said that the Taliban executed the victim on behalf of al-Qaeda. The spokesman named a former employee of the Italian-run hospital in Helmand's capital of Lashkar Gah as a person involved in the kidnapping (english.pravda.ru, 8 April 2007)
April 04, 2007 More
A spokesman for the Taliban claimed that the rebels have kidnapped two French aid workers and three Afghan colleagues in Nimroz province in southwest Afghanistan. A French Foreign Ministry spokesman stated that the ministry, as well as the French Embassy in Kabul, is following this matter closely in cooperation with local authorities and the French NGO. (news.bbc.co.uk, 4 April 2007)
March 27, 2007 More
Afghan health officials confirmed that unidentified gunmen kidnapped an Afghan medical team, including a doctor, three nurses and a driver, in the southern province of Kandahar. The team was kidnapped from Zhari district, about 30 km/19 mi west of Kandahar city. Zhari has seen frequent Taliban activity in recent months. (khaleejtimes.com, 28 March 2007)
March 27, 2007 More
NATO allies raised concern that Italy's handling of the journalist swap with Taliban members could spark copy-cat incidents, and some called for a pact banning deals with hostage-takers. The United States and Britain had already denounced Italy's decision to release five Taliban last week in exchange for an Italian journalist. The issue was discussed at a closed-door Alliance meeting in Brussels. U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said there had been a consensus not to allow similar deals in the future. NATO’s secretary-general said he would lead talks on whether it was possible to agree to a common NATO policy on dealing with such hostage situations. Top of Form (reuters, 27 March 2007)
March 19, 2007 More
The Taliban in Afghanistan released an Italian journalist two weeks after taking him hostage and threatening to execute him. The 52-year-old journalist was released to an Italian-run charity hospital in the southern Afghan town of Lashkar Gah. A Taliban military commander said the reporter had been freed after Afghan authorities released five senior Taliban officials, including his own brother. Speaking to reporters, the journalist said he was bound by hand and foot and moved around in up to 15 locations. A local translator who was kidnapped along with the Italian was also set free, but their driver was executed by the kidnappers. (abc.net.au, 20 March 2007)
March 19, 2007 More
The Taliban in Afghanistan released an Italian journalist two weeks after taking him hostage and threatening to execute him. The 52-year-old journalist was released to an Italian-run charity hospital in the southern Afghan town of Lashkar Gah. A Taliban military commander said the reporter had been freed after Afghan authorities released five senior Taliban officials, including his own brother. Speaking to reporters, the journalist said he was bound by hand and foot and moved around in up to 15 locations. A local translator who was kidnapped along with the Italian was also set free, but their driver was executed by the kidnappers. (abc.net.au, 20 March 2007)
March 07, 2007 More
Italy's ambassador to Afghanistan told reporters that an Italian journalist who has been missing in southern Afghanistan for three days was apparently kidnapped by the Taliban. The extremist Taliban movement claimed to have kidnapped a journalist but said that he was a British national whom they believed was a spy. The newspaper employing the journalist said that its 53-year-old correspondent, based in Kandahar, was missing. A Taliban spokesman said that the group had captured the foreigner along with two Afghans, an interpreter and a guide, in the southern province of Helmand. The Taliban were also accused of capturing an Italian photojournalist in October of 2006 in Helmand province, who was released three weeks later. Taliban spokesmen denied involvement in that kidnapping, but the abductors had claimed to be with the militant group. An Italian aid worker was kidnapped in Kabul in May 2005 and held for 24 days. (metimes.com, 7 March 2007)
February 25, 2007 More
Armed men kidnapped a doctor working with a nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Lashkargah, capital of the southern Helmand province. The victim was kidnapped at around 0930 local time while on his way to his office by several armed men who forced him into a waiting car. As soon as police officials were informed of the abduction, officers were deployed to all the entry and exit roads to check vehicles leaving the city. A Taliban spokesman said he did not know about the kidnapping of the doctor, which is the fourth reported during the month. 
 A day earlier Taliban operatives released a taxi driver who was kidnapped along with five engineers from the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development more than two months earlier. One of the engineers was killed by the kidnappers when the Afghan government turned down their demands. The 30-year-old driver told reporters that the armed kidnappers, wearing military fatigues, stopped his cab and kidnapped its occupants near the Nazar Khan village of Andar district in Ghazni. He was released in Chardiwal district of Andar province. (pajhwak.com, 25 February 2007)
February 23, 2007 More
A government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters that unknown men abducted a Babraktana Customs official in Khost Province. The official told reporters that the abducted official would be killed unless the Customs Department was moved from the area. In an unrelated incident, the body of the man whom Taliban operatives kidnapped and beheaded while he was on his way to Peshawar to receive medical treatment was found in Miran Shah, in North Waziristan. A letter that was found on the body accused the victim of spying for the United States. (BBC Worldwide Monitoring, 24 February 2007)
February 05, 2007 More
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade warned South Koreans in Afghanistan of possible kidnapping attempts by a group of Taliban insurgents. The warning followed a recent intelligence report that Taliban forces based in Peshawar, Pakistan, are planning to abduct South Koreans traveling from Torkham, an Afghan city bordering Pakistan, to Kabul, the Afghan capital. The ministry said the insurgents appeared to be working for the release of one of their top leaders, who was arrested about a year ago. As of December 2006:, around 170 South Koreans, including 120 civic activists, are staying in Afghanistan, according to the report. Though these activists wear Afghan clothing to mingle with the local population, because their appearance is close to that of some of local tribes, they are facing a high risk of kidnapping. In 2005, Seoul, which maintains a 200-strong military contingent in the country, limited visits by South Koreans to Afghanistan. (times.hankooki.com, 5 February 2007)
December 04, 2006 More
German authorities have informed NATO-led troops in Afghanistan that two journalists may have been kidnapped in the country's volatile south. According to a spokesman for the NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, the two, whose identities and media organizations were not identified, reportedly went missing in Kandahar province on 3 December. A German Foreign Ministry spokesman in Berlin, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, confirmed that the ministry has reports of a German citizen possibly missing in Afghanistan. He had no information on the other journalist's nationality. The two journalists do not appear to have been registered with NATO's media office and were not covering the alliance's activities. An official at the German Embassy in Kabul said that they have no information about the case. (mercurynews.com, 5 December 2006)
November 22, 2006 More
Police found the body of a judge, the head of a local court in Zabul province, who had been kidnapped from his house in Ibrahimkhel village on 3 October by unidentified armed men. The Maidan Wardak province police chief told reporters that the body was found in the Durani area. The police official said people of the area informed police about the unidentified corpse. No arrest has been made by police since the body’s recovery, but three people detained soon after the kidnapping are under investigation. Following the abduction police said the judge was kidnapped by a group of criminals who initially demanded three million afghanis ransom. Meanwhile, a caller who claimed to be a Taliban commander in Maidan Shahr, said the group was not involved in the kidnapping and killing of the judge. (Pajhwok.com, 22 November 2006)
November 21, 2006 More
According to a Taliban spokesperson and the wife of a missing journalist, the Taliban kidnapped two Pakistani journalists and is holding them hostage. The Taliban said the men are safe and would release them soon. The journalists -- one of whom works for an English-language Pakistani daily in the southern city of Karachi, while the other is a freelance reporter with various newspapers in southwestern Quetta -- were last heard from in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province on 19 October. The English daily said in a report that they had been kidnapped by the Taliban in neighboring Helmand province on 21 November. The Taliban spokesman said two Pakistani reporters were detained by the group for "entering Afghanistan without any documents," but added that the men were safe and would be freed soon. (thestate.com, 25 November 2006)
November 14, 2006 More
Unidentified gunmen in Farah City have killed a businessman and released his brother after severely beating him. The brothers were abducted in early October in Jawand district while traveling from Nimroz Province to their home in Farah. Passers-by, who noticed the injured man, transferred him to Zaranj Civil Hospital for treatment, while police retrieved his brother’s body. A doctor who treated the injured victim stated that he was hospitalized in critical condition. The kidnappers initially demanded 5 million Afghanis (about U.S. $100,000) ransom from the victims’ family in return for their release. Bordering Iran, Farah has been the scene of increasing abduction cases that contributes to the fragile security situation already threatened by Taliban attacks. (Pajhwok.com, 14 November 2006)
November 05, 2006 More
Police officers in Afghanistan say suspected Taliban militants have kidnapped four Afghan aid workers in the eastern part of the country. A provincial police chief said the four aid workers, employed by an international organization for migration, were abducted in eastern Paktia province. He said elders in the area are involved in negotiating for their release. (voanews.com, 6 November 2006)
November 03, 2006 More
The Italian photojournalist was freed by his captors. The journalist was kidnapped on 12 October while traveling by bus from Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern Helmand province, to neighboring Kandahar. Italyís ambassador to Afghanistan said that authorities at an Italian-run hospital in Helmand province received a phone call telling them to go to the road between Lashkar Gah and Kandahar, where an Afghan hospital employee found the journalist. After his release, the journalist told reporters he was kept chained the whole time and never saw daylight during his three weeks in captivity. (ap.org, 3 November 2006)
October 18, 2006 More
The kidnappers of an Italian journalist contacted a hospital in southern Afghanistan run by an Italian aid agency and offered to free him in exchange for a Christian convert who had fled the country. The convert, whose trial was reported worldwide, was charged with rejecting Islam and was released in March after being deemed mentally unfit to stand trial on a charge of apostasy. Following his release, the convert moved to Italy where he was granted asylum earlier this year. (news.bbc.co.uk, 19 October 2006)
October 14, 2006 More
An Italian freelance photographer and his Afghan translator were kidnapped by a group of gunmen while driving from Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern Helmand province to neighboring Kandahar in southern Afghanistan. NATO-led peacekeepers said they were checking the report, but had not confirmed the incident. (Associated Press, 15 October 2006) 
October 12, 2006 More
The Taliban released two abducted Pakistani engineers in the southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan according to a local official. The two engineers, who were working for a road construction company, were freed after Taliban militants were paid a ransom of U.S $60,000. The official didn’t say who had paid the ransom, but said local elders and government officials had negotiated with the militants for the hostages’ release. The engineers were kidnapped on October 1 as they were carrying out survey. During the kidnapping, a shootout erupted between the militants and policemen working as guards at the site, killing two insurgents and injuring three policemen. (thepakistaninewspaper.com, 12 October 2006)
September 29, 2006 More
Two young men aged 22 and 20 who were abducted by unidentified men for ransom, were set free after being held hostage for several days. The parents of the two, who were kidnapped from the Bala Bulok district, said they had not paid ransom to the kidnappers. A source close to the investigation said the two were released after security personnel entered into an agreement with the local elders in Bala Bulok.(Pajhwok Afghan News, 4 October 2005)
September 19, 2006 More
An alleged Taliban spokesman announced that Taliban fighters have executed a Turkish engineer after holding him hostage for two weeks. Taliban militants abducted the engineer, who was working for a Turkish construction company, in the Dilaram district of the southern Nimroz province about two weeks ago. The Taliban spokesman said the engineer was killed because his company refused to withdraw from Afghanistan as the Taliban had demanded and his body was dumped in the Gereshk district of the neighboring Helmand province. An Afghan official with the Interior Ministry told reporters that the ministry has not received any reports about the incident. Taliban militants have kidnapped and killed several Turkish and Indian engineers working for construction companies this year. (Xinhua, 19 September 2006)
September 12, 2006 More
Gunmen kidnapped a Colombian aid worker and two Afghan employees of a French-funded nongovernmental organization west of Kabul. According to the Jalrez districtís deputy provincial police chief, the three disappeared on 10 September in Wardak province's Jalrez district. The police official said that villagers reported seeing four masked gunmen taking the three from their vehicle and forcing them to march at gunpoint down a dirt road. Police officers found documents identifying the Colombian, his driver and translator and their French Foreign Ministry-funded agency in their abandoned four-wheel drive. (guardian.co.uk, 12 September 2006)
September 02, 2006 More
Masked gunmen abducted the 24-year-old son of a newly appointed governor of a district in Ghazni province while he was driving on an isolated mountain road in central Afghanistan. The next day the victim’s father received a phone call, from the kidnappers, "I am an Afghan Muslim Talib," the voice announced. "If you want to see your son alive, listen carefully." The Taliban demanded that the victim’s father quit his job, pay a ransom, attack U.S. forces and assassinate local officials. The governor resigned his position and paid U.S. $2,000 but refused to participate in attacks and assassinations. Due to his refusal to participate in attacks, the Taliban demanded the freedom of an imprisoned Taliban commander. As the demand is out of the governor’s jurisdiction, he believes that his son was executed. The given deadline passed on September 10 and his son has not returned. (guardian.co.uk, 16 September 2006)
September 02, 2006 More
Masked gunmen abducted the 24-year-old son of a newly appointed governor of a district in Ghazni province while he was driving on an isolated mountain road in central Afghanistan. The next day the victim’s father received a phone call, from the kidnappers, "I am an Afghan Muslim Talib," the voice announced. "If you want to see your son alive, listen carefully." The Taliban demanded that the victim’s father quit his job, pay a ransom, attack U.S. forces and assassinate local officials. The governor resigned his position and paid U.S. $2,000 but refused to participate in attacks and assassinations. Due to his refusal to participate in attacks, the Taliban demanded the freedom of an imprisoned Taliban commander. As the demand is out of the governor’s jurisdiction, he believes that his son was executed. The given deadline passed on September 10 and his son has not returned. (guardian.co.uk, 16 September 2006)
August 17, 2006 More
Gunmen kidnapped at least 15 people, including a doctor and several nurses, in southern Afghanistan, as they were traveling in Kandahar's Zhela district to a Zadi refugee camp in Kandahar province. It was not immediately clear who was responsible, as a Taliban spokesman denied the kidnapping, but told reporters that their militants had commandeered the vehicle. An Afghan refugee department official said that the kidnappers have made no contact as yet. (bbc.co.uk, 17 August 2006)
July 30, 2006 More
Taliban insurgents threatened to kill a Lebanese engineer whom they abducted in southern Afghanistan, a day before NATO took over security in the south from the U.S.-led coalition. According to a Taliban spokesman, the engineer, who was working for a U.S. company in the southern province of Zabul, was abducted on 28 July on the main road of southern Zabul province, which lies between the capital, Kabul, and Kandahar province. The spokesman added that the fate of the engineer would be decided by the Taliban Council within the next 24 hours and he is likely to be killed for helping and working with the ìinfidel occupying forces in Afghanistan.î (Kaleejtimes.com, 30 July 2006)
June 11, 2006 More
The bodies of four Afghanis working for an Indian road construction company were found shot dead in a roadside ditch in southern Afghanistan in Maiwand district, four days after they were abducted. Taliban fighters have targeted employees of Indian road companies in the past, sowing more distrust between governments in the region. The Afghani government believes that many of the insurgents cross over from Pakistan, though Pakistan insists it is doing its best to stop them. (Reuters, 11 June 2006)
May 22, 2006 More
The body of a former Afghan governor and key ally of the Afghani president was found in eastern Afghanistan. The respected tribal leader was abducted along with four other people on 21 May after attending a funeral in Ghazni. According to a local radio station, the other abductees were released. A Taliban spokesman claimed that the rebels were responsible for kidnapping and killing the man. (washtimes.com, 23 May 2006)
April 30, 2006 More
Taliban militants killed an Indian hostage after he tried to escape and dumped his beheaded body in southern Afghanistan. The body and severed head of the Indian telecommunications engineer who was abducted on 28 April were found in a field near the highway running through the remote Hassan Kariez district of Zabul where he was abducted. (channels.attbusiness.net, 30 April 2006)
March 29, 2006 More
Two Pakistani nationals were released from a private jail in Tora Bora, Afghanistan, after their relatives paid a Rs 1.5 million ransom. The two men, aged 24 and 26, went to Peshawar to buy used computers on 5 March when they were kidnapped and taken to Tora Bora. The two conveyed a message to their relatives to pay Rs 5 million for their release. An elder of the Afridi tribe helped in the negotiations and lowered the kidnappers demand to Rs 1.5 million. The captors reportedly tortured the two Pakistanis. (dailytimes.com.pk, 29 2006)
March 26, 2006 More
Unidentified armed men kidnapped a truck driver working for a road construction company in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province. The truck, carrying asphalt for road construction, was on its way from Kandahar to the Sangin district and was attacked near the village of Nawroz. The abductors set the truck on fire before fleeing with their hostage. In recent months, southern Afghanistan has seen more frequent attacks by the Taliban on foreign workers of non-governmental organizations and road construction companies. The Taliban also are known to have burned oil tankers supplying fuel to the coalition troops stationed in the area. Unidentified gunmen torched two bulldozers and a truck in the same area about two weeks ago. (upi.com, 27 March 2006)
March 13, 2006 More
A Taliban spokesman said that the four foreigners kidnapped in Afghanistanwere executed on the orders of Mullah Mohammad Omar the supreme Taliban leader and their bodies had been dumped in the Kandahar-Helmand area of the south. An official from the company employing the three said the four were Albanians but laterhesaid they were Macedonians. He declined to comment on the Taliban claim. (Reuters, 13 March 2006)
March 11, 2006 More
According to an aide to the provincial governor of Kandahar, eight people -- four Albanians and four Afghans -- were kidnapped from Kandahar city. A spokesman for the ousted Taliban claimed responsibility for the abduction and said that the leadership of the Taliban would soon decide the fate of the abductees. The extremist Taliban regime, which was toppled by a U.S.-led military coalition, has declared jihad, or holy war, against U.S. and Afghan soldiers, aid workers and all those supporting the new, central government in Afghanistan. (news.monstersandcritics.com, 12 March 2006)
March 11, 2006 More
According to an aide to the provincial governor of Kandahar, eight people -- four Albanians and four Afghans -- were kidnapped from Kandahar city. A spokesman for the ousted Taliban claimed responsibility for the abduction and said that the leadership of the Taliban would soon decide the fate of the abductees. The extremist Taliban regime, which was toppled by a U.S.-led military coalition, has declared jihad, or holy war, against U.S. and Afghan soldiers, aid workers and all those supporting the new, central government in Afghanistan. (news.monstersandcritics.com, 12 March 2006)
March 10, 2006 More
Two policemen were kidnapped from their homes on the outskirts of Lashkargah, the provincial capital, in southern Afghanistan, and later beheaded. The bodies of the two were dumped in the desert. The abduction and murders occurred in Helmand province, in the country's main opium poppy belt. According to the provincial administrator, it was not clear whether the Taliban or drug gangs were behind the kidnappings and murders. (channels.attbusiness.net, 11March 2006)
March 10, 2006 More
Three people, including an Afghan engineer, kidnapped by unidentified gunmen on 8 March in the lawless southern province of Zabul, were set free by their captors and handed over to government authorities. A spokesman for the provincial governor said that the menís release was secured not with a ransom payment but rather through intervention by tribal elders. The three were surveying for a reconstruction project in the Siakhab area, near Qalat, Zabul's capital city, when unidentified gunmen kidnapped them. The crime-plagued southern province has become notorious for kidnappings that are often claimed by Taliban fighters. (pajhwak.com, 11 March 2006)
February 27, 2006 More
A Nepalese man who was kidnapped in Kabul on 11 February has been released, while the body of another was recovered after he apparently died of illness during his captivity. According to the Afghan deputy interior minister, the gang that abducted the two abandoned them as police were closing in on them. The dead hostage was reported to have been suffering from a stomach problem. The released man stated that the kidnappers attempted to treat his friend and that he was given medicine to no avail. The two men were employed as security guards with a London-based security group and had been stationed at a British aid agency based in Kabul. The aid group will arrange for the body and the freed man to be transported to the Nepalese Embassy in neighboring Pakistan. According to the deputy minister, no ransom was paid for the release of the hostage. (AFP, 28 February 2006)
February 27, 2006 More
A Nepalese man who was kidnapped in Kabul on 11 February has been released, while the body of another was recovered after he apparently died of illness during his captivity. According to the Afghan deputy interior minister, the gang that abducted the two abandoned them as police were closing in on them. The dead hostage was reported to have been suffering from a stomach problem. The released man stated that the kidnappers attempted to treat his friend and that he was given medicine to no avail. The two men were employed as security guards with a London-based security group and had been stationed at a British aid agency based in Kabul. The aid group will arrange for the body and the freed man to be transported to the Nepalese Embassy in neighboring Pakistan. According to the deputy minister, no ransom was paid for the release of the hostage. (AFP, 28 February 2006)
February 11, 2006 More
According to local police officials, two Nepalese citizens have been kidnapped in Kabul. While some reports stated that a private security company employed the two victims, other reports, including that of the Afghan interior ministry, claim that the two were "ordinary workers" of a nongovernmental group and were snatched at gunpoint on their way to work. There have been warnings in the city for expatriates to take extra precautions with tensions running high after cartoons that have been deemed insulting to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad were published in many European newspapers. Some protests against the cartoons in Kabul and other Afghan cities have turned violent, with clashes leaving 11 people dead. (news.yahoo.com, 12 February 2006)
January 29, 2006 More
The U.S. Department of State has posted a Warden message indicating that there is an active kidnapping threat against ìinternationalsî working in Kabul. It is unclear if the motives behind these planned kidnappings are of the criminal or terrorist persuasion. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul stated that the group is targeting female expatriates. If, when executing the attack, the group is unable to seize a female, they may well seize a male expatriate. The embassy urges all U.S. citizens in Kabul to maintain a high level of vigilance, continue to restrict their movements, observe the strictest of security measures, defer any unnecessary travel around the city, and to take appropriate steps to increase their security posture and awareness. The embassy also recommends that U.S. citizens in all parts of Afghanistan avoid traveling alone at any time. (afghanistan.usembassy.gov, 29 January 2006)
January 22, 2006 More
An Afghan boy and four men, including staff of a U.S. security firm, were freed after being briefly kidnapped by Taliban fighters earlier the same day. The five were abducted in the insurgency-hit southern province of Helmand while they were on their way to a wedding. They were being driven away when police officers came upon them accidentally. Following a brief shootout, the abductors abandoned their captives and fled. (dailytimes.com.pk, 23 January 2006)
October 06, 2005 More
According to a provincial deputy police chief, unidentified armed men kidnapped four people, including two staffers and a driver of the Afghan Aid Agency, along with a policeman in the Bazgul area of Kamdish district in northeastern Nuristan. The staffers arrived in the area to inspect the work done by the National Solidarity Program (NSP). The staffers’ driver managed to escape the abductors. The police official added that relatives of the abductees had not yet received a ransom demand. (kashar.net, 7 October 2005)
September 26, 2005 More
A security officer in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan announced that three Iranian nationals kidnapped in West Azarbaijan province eight months earlier have been released. The three kidnapped Iranians, ranging in age from 19 to 24, were delivered to the Iranian Consulate in the city of Herat. Meanwhile, Afghan police officers rescued two other Iranian citizens taken hostage eight months earlier in the Afghan provinces of Helman and Farah. (irna.ir.com, 26 September 2005)
August 31, 2005 More
A British engineer working for a construction company and a local translator were kidnapped in Farah province in western Afghanistan after gunmen attacked a convoy in which they were traveling. According to the Afghani Interior Ministry, three police escorts were killed in the attack as the convoy traveled on the road between the southwestern city of Kandahar and the western city of Heart. The British Embassy in Kabul confirmed the incident. NATO-led troops are using checkpoints and a surveillance aircraft in their search for the abducted men. While local police and security officials are blaming the Taliban for the incident, government spokesman initially blamed criminals. (BBC, 1 September 2005)
August 18, 2005 More
The Taliban rebels holding the Lebanese engineer released him after the company that employs him agreed to cease operations in the country. An official of the company that employs the engineer said that he told the Taliban spokesman with whom he negotiated that the company, a diesel-engine supplier, would leave Afghanistan by 18 August, thus meeting the abductors’ demands. (hri.org, 19 August 2005)
August 15, 2005 More
A provincial spokesman for the Zabul governor announced that Taliban militants have kidnapped a Lebanese engineer who was working for a Turkish construction company that is building a U.S.-funded road project in southern Afghanistan. A Taliban spokesman confirmed the kidnapping, stating that the fate of the victim has not been decided as yet. (allheadlinenews.com, 15 August 2005)
August 01, 2005 More
Unidentified gunmen kidnapped two workers of a non-governmental humanitarian organization in western Farah province. The regional representative of the organization in Heart told reporters that a logistical officer of the NGO and his driver were on their way back to Farah after a survey in Bakwah district when five armed men kidnapped them. The interior ministry's press office in Kabul confirmed the incident. (dailytimes.com.pk, 2 August 2005)
June 15, 2005 More
Taliban rebels have taken hostage a district police chief and 12 policemen and government officials in Mian Nisheen, near the southern city of Kandahar. A spokesman for the rebel group that claimed responsibility for the attack spoke to journalists over a satellite phone from an unknown location and stated that the kidnapped men would be tried in a Taliban court. If found guilty they will be executed; if they are not found guilty they will be freed. (AFP, 18 June 2005)
May 21, 2005 More
Taliban militants kidnapped a Turkmenistan national during an attack on a convoy of trucks passing by the southern province of Zabul. Following the attack, a Taliban spokesperson claimed responsibility, stating, “We destroyed the trucks with rockets, and also killed two Russians." The convoy was carrying mineral water from Turkmenistan to Kabul, the Afghan capital, via the Kabul-Kandahar highway. (Xinhuanet, 22 May 2005)
May 16, 2005 More
A senior official in the Afghan Interior Ministry stated that a group of armed men kidnapped an Italian woman working for an international relief agency. The abductors pulled her from her car in Kabul’s Shahr-e-Naw district at around 2100 local time and forced her into their car. (Associated Press, 16 May 2005)
May 03, 2005 More
According to the Afghani interior minister, a clash in Zabul province in which 40 Taliban militants were killed in a firefight with U.S. and Afghani security forces was sparked when militants kidnapped three local doctors and police officers tried to free them. The minister added that the three were safely freed. (AFX News Limited, 5 May 2005)
December 22, 2004 More
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has alerted aid organizations about a possible plot to kidnap four U.N. employees from the disarmament program in Kabul, the Afghan capital. The ISAF received a tip off suggesting that two groups located in northern Kabul had targeted four staff members with the U.N.-backed disarmament program to be kidnapped for ransom. (news.com.au, 22 December 2004)
December 15, 2004 More
The Afghani interior ministry confirmed that the kidnappers killed the Turkish road construction engineer, while his translator and driver were freed. The motives behind the kidnapping and the killing of the engineer are unknown and are currently under investigation. (Reuters, 15 December 2004)
December 14, 2004 More
A Turkish engineer was kidnapped in eastern Afghanistan along with his Afghan driver and interpreter near the village of Spin Jamahat, located about 1 km south of Asadabad, and approximately 175 km/109 mi northeast of Kabul. The engineer was working on a road-building project between the southeast city of Jalalabad and Kunar to the east. A small militant group operating in a heavily forested mountainous area close to the border with Pakistan is suspected of being behind the abduction. (Reuters, 14 December 2004)
November 22, 2004 More
Three foreign U.N. workers, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan on 28 October by what is reportedly a splinter group of the Taliban, have been freed unharmed. While the circumstances of their release are unclear, the Afghan interior minister denied any deal had been made with the kidnappers. "No prisoners were released, no money was paid, no demand was accepted," he said. A day prior to the release of the hostages, U.S. and Afghan soldiers carried out pre-dawn raids on two houses in Kabul, aimed at freeing the hostages. However, a spokesman for a group called the Army of Muslims said it had released the trio after authorities freed 24 of its followers from jail. (BBC News, 23 November 2004)
November 01, 2004 More
A 5-year-old boy, son of an executive of a Kabul bank, who was kidnapped on 1 November, escaped from his kidnappers in the northern Balkh province after being held hostage for four days. The victim managed to escape when the unidentified kidnappers him from one location to another in a taxi without registration number to avoid a police raid during which time the boy was able to escape. The child, with his hands tied and blindfolded, managed to enter a house in the Zeraat area of Mazar-i-Sharif from where he phoned his family. The victim’s father said that the kidnappers demanded U.S $4 million for safe release of his son. He was about to pay U.S $100,000 when he was notified of his son’s escape. A Spokesman for the interior ministry stated that the kidnappers managed to escape as they saw police party that was checking all vehicles and streets in search for the boy. (Pajhwok.com, 8 November 2006)
October 28, 2004 More
Three foreign election workers were kidnapped in Kabul's upscale Karteh Parwan area. The election workers, two women and one man from the United Kingdom, the Philippines, and Serbia-Montenegro, were traveling in a vehicle, when a group of seven armed assailants stopped them at gunpoint. A Taliban faction known as the "Jaish-e-Muslimeen" (Army of Muslims) claimed responsibility for the abduction. The gunmen beat the driver of the vehicle, an Afghan native, and left him for dead before kidnapping the other three passengers. (Reuters, 28 October 2004)
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