The following report compiles all significant security incidents confirmed by New York Times reporters throughout Afghanistan from the past seven days. It is necessarily incomplete as many local officials refuse to confirm casualty information. The report includes government claims of insurgent casualty figures, but in most cases these cannot be independently verified by The Times. Similarly, the reports do not include Taliban claims for their attacks on the government unless they can be verified. Both sides routinely inflate casualty totals for their opponents.
[Read the Afghan War Casualty Report from previous weeks.]
May 1-7, 2020
At least 39 pro-government forces and four civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the past week. The deadliest attack took place in Balkh Province, where the Taliban attacked the police headquarters and the district governor’s office in Zari District, killing at least 14 security forces, including nine soldiers and five pro-government militia members. An additional 20 security forces were wounded in the battle. In Helmand Province, a Taliban vehicle laden with explosives targeted a military base in the Yakhchal area of Grishk District, killing 10 pro-government militia members and one soldier. An additional 10 militia members and three soldiers were wounded in the explosion, and most of the base and equipment were destroyed.
May 6 Helmand Province: one police officer killed
The Taliban opened fire on a police officer who was shopping in the First Police District of Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital. He later passed away while being transferred to the hospital.
May 5 Helmand Province: three police officers killed
A vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Narimanda area of Nadali District, killing two police officers. Another officer was killed when the Taliban opened fire on police officers after the explosion.
May 4 Helmand Province: 11 security forces killed
A Taliban vehicle laden with explosives targeted a military base in the Yakhchal area of Grishk District, killing 10 pro-government militia members and one soldier. Another 10 militia members and three soldiers were wounded in the explosion, and most of the base and equipment were destroyed.
May 4 Kandahar Province: one police officer killed
A female police officer was shot and killed by unknown gunmen in Kandahar City, the provincial capital, before the attackers managed to escape from the area.
May 3 Herat Province: two security forces killed
Two members of the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, were shot and killed near the governor’s office in the center of Ghoryan District. The attackers then managed to escape from the area.
May 2 Herat Province: one security force killed
One police officer was shot and killed and another was wounded by unknown gunmen in the 12th Police District of Herat City, the provincial capital. The attackers managed to escape from the scene.
May 2 Kandahar Province: one police officer killed
A bomb placed in a shop in the 12th Police District of Kandahar City, the provincial capital, detonated while police officers were shopping in the area, killing one officer and wounding another.
May 2 Paktia Province: two security forces killed
The Taliban attacked security outposts in the Anzargi Kandaw area of Patan District, killing two pro-government militia members and wounding three others. Local officials claimed that two Taliban militants were killed and seven others were wounded.
May 2 Laghman Province: three civilians killed
A motorcycle laden with explosives detonated in front of the provincial prison in Mitarlam, the provincial capital, killing three civilians and wounding four security forces, including the head of the prison.
May 1 Balkh Province: 14 security forces and one civilian killed
The Taliban attacked the police headquarters and the district governor’s office in Zari District, killing nine soldiers and five pro-government militia members. An additional 20 security forces were wounded in the battle. Afghan air forces bombed Taliban positions after the attack, forcing the insurgents to retreat from the area. While fleeing, the Taliban tried to enter houses to hide from air support, and they killed a civilian who refused to open his door.
May 1 Logar Province: three soldiers killed
The Taliban attacked the center of Baraki Barak District, killing three soldiers and wounding two others. Local authorities claimed that an additional 10 Taliban fighters were killed in the battle.
Reporting was contributed by the following New York Times reporters: Mujib Mashal from Kabul, Najim Rahim from Kunduz and Taimoor Shah from Kandahar.