Terrorism & Insurgency

Consecutive SVBIED attacks on security forces in Afghanistan’s southeast underscore Taliban resolve to expand territory post-winter

20 October 2017


Afghan Taliban militants launched three suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attacks on police and army compounds in Kandahar, Pakhtia, and Ghazni provinces on 17 and 18 October, killing at least 114 people and wounding at least 182 others, including 67 security personnel and 115 civilians.

The attacks, carried out in close succession across three provinces, were consistent in the use of SVBIEDs followed by small-arms and suicide-vest assaults by small groups of about 10 militants. Although the militants’ attempt to storm the police compound failed, assaults on military bases resulted in hours of gun battles. The army camp in Kandahar’s Maiwand district was reportedly spared Taliban capture only through the intervention of foreign forces’ airstrikes, after 43 of the 60 soldiers deployed there were killed.

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