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Afghan War Casualty Report: March 2021

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.

At least 21 pro-government forces and 22 civilians were killed in Afghanistan the past week. The deadliest attack took place in Kunduz Province, where the Taliban attacked a security outpost in the Telawka area of the Sixth Police District in Kunduz city, the provincial capital, killing eight soldiers and wounding four others. The Taliban captured the outpost and seized weapons and equipment, including two Humvees. In Nangarhar Province, unknown gunmen entered a plaster factory in the Mar Ghondi area of Surkh Rod District, killing seven workers who were Hazara. The gunmen first tied the hands and legs of all seven civilians and then shot them with a suppressed pistol. Local officials in Nangarhar believed that the attack was carried out by the Islamic State affiliated group. In another attack in the province, three women who worked at a local television network were shot and killed in two different attacks in the First Police District of Jalalabad city, the provincial capital. All three women were working in the dubbing section of the television network. Another woman was also wounded in the attack.

[Read the Afghan War Casualty Report from previous months.]

March 4 Badghis Province: four security forces killed

Four pro-government militia members were killed in a Taliban ambush in the village of Band-e-Qashqah in Ab-Kamari District. The militia members were on patrol when they came under attack.

March 4 Nangarhar Province: one female doctor killed

A sticky bomb attached to a rickshaw exploded in the Third Police District of Jalalabad, the provincial capital, killing a female doctor and wounding a child.

March 3 Kunduz Province: eight soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the Telawka area of the Sixth Police District in Kunduz city, the provincial capital, killing eight soldiers and wounding four others. The Taliban captured the outpost and seized weapons and equipment, including two Humvees.

March 3 Nangarhar Province: seven civilians killed

Unknown gunmen entered a plaster factory in the Mar Ghondi area of Surkh Rod District, killing seven Hazara workers. The gunmen first tied the hands and legs of all seven civilians and then shot them with a suppressed pistol. Local officials in Nangarhar believed that the attack was carried out by the Islamic State affiliated group.

March 3 Khost Province: two civilians killed

The Taliban attacked a truck in Sabari District that belonged to a company providing food for Afghan forces in Zazai Maidan District, killing two civilians and taking another prisoner.

March 3 Helmand Province: one police officer killed

A sticky bomb attached to a police vehicle went off in the Third Police District of Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, killing one police officer and wounding one civilian.

March 3 Kabul Province: one civilian killed

Faiz Mohammad Fayez, a religious scholar was shot and killed by unknown gunmen while he was on his way to mosque for morning prayer in the 17th Police District of Kabul city, the capital. Mr. Fayez was head of the provincial scholars council in Kunduz Province, but due to security threats there, he moved to Kabul and was teaching in a madrasa.

March 2 Jowzjan Province: one security force member killed

A military vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the eastern part of Sheberghan, the provincial capital. One member of the public protection forces was killed and six others were wounded.

March 2 Nangarhar Province: three journalists killed

Three women employees of a local television network were shot and killed in two different attacks in the First Police District of Jalalabad. All three women were working in the dubbing section of the television network. Another woman was also wounded in the attack.

March 1 Jowzjan Province: one civilian killed

A bomb attached to a private vehicle exploded in the First Police District of Sheberghan, the provincial capital, killing a tribal elder and wounding three civilians.

Feb. 28 Kunduz Province: one police officer killed

The Taliban abducted and killed a counternarcotics police officer in the Third Police District of Kunduz city. The officer was aware of the Taliban’s arrival and he tried to escape.

Feb. 28 Badghis Province: two police officers killed

Two police officers were shot and killed by the Taliban in the village of Laman in Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital. Both officers were traveling by public transport when they were abducted by the Taliban.

Feb. 28 Ghazni Province: one civilian killed

A roadside bomb explosion killed one civilian and wounded five civilians and two security forces in Qalay-e-Sabz area of Ghazni city, the provincial capital.

Feb. 27 Badghis Province: four civilians killed

One woman and three children were killed and five others were wounded when a mortar fired by the Afghan army hit a house in the village of Langar in Qadis District. The mortar shell was fired after a military convoy came under the Taliban ambush in the area.

Feb. 27 Kabul Province: one civilian killed

One civilian was killed and two others were wounded when a roadside bomb hit a civilian vehicle in Bagrami District.

Feb. 26 Kandahar Province: four police officers killed

The Taliban loaded a stolen Humvee with explosives targeted a highway police battalion in the Faqiran village of Arghandab District, killing four police officers and wounding six others.

Feb. 26 Nangarhar Province: one civilian killed

A sticky bomb attached to a rickshaw exploded in the Ninth Police District of Jalalabad, killing one civilian.


Reporting was contributed by Najim Rahim from Kabul, Asadullah Timory from Herat, Zabihullah Ghazi from Nangarhar, Farooq Jan Mangal from Khost and Taimoor Shah from Kandahar.


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