Afghanistan War Loss Report: April 2021

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The following report compiles all the significant security incidents confirmed by New York Times reporters across Afghanistan during the month. It is necessarily incomplete as many local officials refuse to confirm accident information. The report includes government statements about insurgent casualty figures, but in most cases these cannot be independently verified by The Times. Likewise, the reports do not include the Taliban’s allegations for their attacks on the government unless they can be verified. Both camps regularly inflate the total losses of their opponents.

At least 64 pro-government forces and 17 civilians were killed in Afghanistan last week. The deadliest attack took place in Helmand province, where the Taliban attacked a military base called Waziromanda near Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, killing 10 soldiers and taking 12 other prisoners. The insurgents captured the base and seized all weapons and equipment. In another incident in Helmand, a car bomb targeted a police outpost in Nawa district, killing eight soldiers and injuring 12 others. In Baghlan province, a military convoy was attacked by the Taliban in the Hajda Kotal area of ​​Dahana-e-Ghori district, killing five soldiers and injuring four others.

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

April 8 Province of Herat: a civilian killed

One civilian was killed and another injured in an attack by unidentified people in the Second Police District in the city of Herat, the provincial capital.

April 7 Province of Herat: a policeman killed

A policeman was shot dead by unidentified people in central Karokh district.

April 7 Baghlan province: four police officers killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the provincial capital Pul-i-Khumri town, killing four policemen and injuring three others.

April 7 Badghis province: a policeman killed

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The Taliban shot and killed a policeman in the village of Pir-e-Ghaibi in the Qadis district.

April 7 Herat province: three security forces killed

Three members of a pro-government militia were killed and another disappeared after a Taliban attack on a security outpost in central Pashtun Zarghun district. Five other militia members were taken prisoner by insurgents.

April 7 Baghlan province: five soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked a military convoy in the Hajda Kotal area of ​​Dahan-e-Ghori district, killing five soldiers and wounding four others.

April 7 Province of Baghlan: a policeman killed

The Taliban attacked a military base in Eshkamish district, killing one policeman and injuring four others.

April 7 Takhar province: five policemen killed

Five policemen, including a company commander, were killed and eight others wounded in a Taliban attack in the village of Khwaja Band Kashan, in Ishkamish district.

April 7 Province of Kabul: a civilian killed

The head of the service department of the National Statistics and Information Authority was shot and killed by unidentified people in the Qala-e-Wazir area, Paghman district. Police opened an investigation.

April 7 Nangarhar province: two civilians killed

A roadside bomb exploded near a police vehicle in the second police district of Jalalabad, the provincial capital, killing two civilians and injuring three police officers and 15 civilians.

April 6 Kunduz province: four policemen killed

Four policemen were killed and three others were taken prisoner in a Taliban attack on the fifth police district in the city of Kunduz, the provincial capital.

April 6 Kunduz province: a commando killed

An Afghan commando was killed and three others wounded in the village of Ostaming in Imam Sahib district during a military operation.

April 6 Badghis Province: a civilian killed

The Taliban shot and killed a former policeman in the village of Kanaqol, in the district of Aab Kamari.

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April 6 Badghis province: a soldier killed

A soldier was shot dead by the Taliban in the village of Shotor Gardan in Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital.

April 6 Province of Kabul: a policeman killed

Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a policeman in Baghlan district. The attackers managed to escape from the area.

April 6 Kandahar Province: a civilian killed

A motorbike was hit by a roadside bomb in central Panjwai district, killing a civilian.

April 6 Kandahar province: four civilians killed

A passenger bus was hit by a roadside bomb in Maiwand district on the highway between Kandahar and Kabul, killing four civilians and injuring 13 others.

April 6 Nangarhar province: four policemen killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the Ghazi Baba neighborhood of Surkh Rod district, killing four policemen and seizing their weapons. Local authorities said nine Taliban fighters were also killed in the clashes.

April 5 Ghor province: a soldier killed

The Taliban attacked a military convoy in the village of Kharistan in Firoz Koh, the provincial capital. A soldier was killed in the clashes. Local authorities said two Taliban fighters were also killed.

April 5 Helmand Province: 10 soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked a military base called Waziromanda near Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, killing 10 soldiers and taking 12 other prisoners. The insurgents captured the base and seized all weapons and equipment.

April 5 Helmand province: eight police officers killed

A car bomb targeted a police outpost in Nawa district, killing eight soldiers and injuring 12 others.

April 5 Province of Herat: four soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the village of Jou-e-Qazi in the Shindand district, where fighting continued for several hours. Four soldiers were killed and three others were injured in the battle. Six other soldiers were taken prisoner by the Taliban.

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April 5 Kabul province: a security force killed

A military truck was hit by a roadside bomb in the Sabz Sang area of ​​Qarabagh district, killing one Territorial Army member and injuring four others.

April 4 Kabul province: three security forces killed

The Taliban targeted a military convoy with a car bomb in the Panja Chenar neighborhood of Paghman district, killing three members of the security forces and injuring 12 others.

April 4 Province of Herat: a policeman killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in the village of Rood-e-Gaz in the Adraskan district, killing a policeman and taking three other prisoners.

April 4 Province of Kabul: a soldier killed

An army truck was hit by a roadside bomb in the Qargha area of ​​Paghman district, killing one soldier and injuring three others.

April 3 Takhar province: a civilian killed

Unidentified gunmen shot and killed the son of Juma Khan, a member of the provincial council in the Pole-e-shahrawan region in Taloqan, the provincial capital. The attacker was able to flee the area.

April 3 Kunar province: four soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked two security outposts in the Gulsalk neighborhood of Chapa Dara district, killing four soldiers and taking four other prisoners. Two soldiers are missing. The Taliban captured one of the security outposts and set it on fire. A Humvee was also destroyed by a bomb.

April 2 Helmand province: six civilians killed

A vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the Sarkar neighborhood of Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, killing six civilians.


Reporting was provided by Najim Rahim and Fatima Faizi from Kabul, Zabihullah Ghazi from Jalalabad, Farooq Jan Mangal from Khost, Taimoor Shah from Kandahar and Asadullah Timoory from Herat.

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