Military Wiki
List of 2021 Afghanistan attacks
Part of the War in Afghanistan
and the Taliban insurgency
Location Afghanistan
Date 2021
Deaths At least 520
Non-fatal injuries
At least 470
Assailants Islamic State – Khorasan Province

There have been many terrorist attacks in Afghanistan in 2021. These attacks left at least 350 people dead and at least another 200 injured.

Timeline of the attacks

Date Location Dead Injured Details
1 January Dara-e-Taimoor, Ghor Province 2 0 An attack left 2 people dead, including a journalist, in Dara-e-Taimoor village, Ghor Province.[1]
7 January Band-e-Khan Abad, Kunduz Province 6 2 The Taliban killed at least 6 security forces and another 2 were injured in Band-e-Khan Abad, Kunduz Province.[2]
7 January Kabul, Kabul Province 2 0 A gunman shot dead a security force member and an Afghan Air Force pilot in Kabul.[3]
8 January Ghurian District, Herat Province 4 4 At least 4 security forces were killed and 4 others injured in Ghurian District, Herat Province.[4]
18–19 January Kunduz, Baghlan and Nimruz Provinces 40+ Several Over 40 security force members were killed in two days of fighting with the Taliban in Kunduz, Baghlan and Nimruz Provinces, Afghanistan.[5]
20 January Herat 3 4 Three Afghan National Army soldiers were killed and four others were wounded in an attack by unidentified gunmen on their vehicle in Herat.[6]
15 February Balkh Province 30 Unknown 30 Taliban militants were killed by an explosion at an IED-making course.[7]
17 February Herat 2 3 2 policemen were killed and 3 people were injured by a bombing in Herat, Afghanistan.[8]
2–3 March Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province 3 1 Three female media workers were shot dead in Jalalabad. A fourth woman was wounded. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.[9]
4–5 March Jalalabad 8 1 A female doctor was killed and a child was wounded in Jalalabad, after a bomb attached to her rickshaw exploded. Seven workers at a Hazara plaster factory were shot dead in Surkh-Rōd District, Nangarhar. ISIL is suspected to be responsible.[10]
13 March Herat Province 8 50 Eight people died and 50 others were wounded in a car bombing near a police station in Herat Province.[11]
27 March Kandahar Province 3 4 A car bombing targeting security officers in Kandahar province killed three people, four others were wounded.[12]
28 March Faryab Province 2 Taliban fighters killed two security guards at a water dam in Faryab.[13]
28 March Laghman Province 3 A roadside bomb exploded targeting a police vehicle in Laghman Province, three officers died.[14]
30 March Jalalabad 3 Three female polio vaccination healthcare workers were shot dead in Jalalabad.[15]
1 April Jalalabad 1 0 A female police officer was shot dead by unknown assailants in Jalalabad.[16]
4 April near Kabul 3 12 A car bombing near Kabul killed three security personnel and wounded twelve others.[17]
30 April Puli Alam, Logar Province 30 90 A car bombing near a guesthouse killed about 30 people and injured about 90 others.[18]
8 May Kabul 85 150 2021 Kabul school bombing: A bomb blast near a school in western Kabul.[19] The blast left 85 people dead and another 150 were injured.[20]
10 May Zabul Province 11 29 Eleven people were killed and 29 more were wounded as a roadside bombing struck a bus in Zabul Province.[21][22]
10 May Logar Province 9 6 Five members of the National Directorate of Security, the head of the economy directorate of the province and a manager of the Central Bank branch in the province were killed in three separate incidents that all involved attacks by unknown gunmen. In fourth incident, two civilians were killed and six more were wounded after two mortar shells hit their house on Sunday evening.[22]
11 May Herat Province 3 5 Mullah Mannan Niazi, the deputy leader of a splinter group of Taliban led by Mullah Rasul, was wounded after attackers targeted the area where he lived. Niazi was in a coma and three of his men were killed and four others wounded in the clash.[23]
15 May Kabul 12 15 A bomb exploded inside a Kabul mosque, killing at least 12 people and injuring another 15.[24] The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province claimed responsibility for the attack.[25]
19 May Helmand Province 9 3 A bomb struck a car carrying a family of 12 in southern Helmand. Several of the nine family members who died were children. Three wounded children were taken to the provincial hospital in Lashkar Gah.[26]
19 May Ghor Province 4 0 A roadside bombing, in central Ghor province, destroyed a motorcycle carrying a family of four, all of whom were killed.[26]
19 May Western Afghanistan 3 0 Militants stopped a bus in western Afghanistan, ordered three men to get out and shot and killed them. The three men on the bus were Hazaras. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. The government blamed the Taliban, who denied responsibility. Previous attacks on Hazaras, who are mostly Shiite Muslims, have been claimed by the Islamic State group.[26]
29 May Bagram District, Parwan Province 4 13 A minibus explosion occurred in Bagram District, Parwan Province after being hit by a roadside bomb.[27] The blast left at least 4 people dead and anothe 13 were injured.[28]
1 June Kabul 10 12 Bombings left 10 people dead and another 12 were injured in Kabul.[29]
9 June Baghlan Province 10 Unknown Ten mine clearers were killed and a dozen of others were wounded while working at a Halo Trust's compound, in Baghlan Province.[30] The Taliban were blamed for the attack but denied responsibility and Halo Trust reported that local Taliban militants arrived at the scene of the attack defending the miners and shooting against the attackers.[31]
9 June Balkh Province 16 117 A truck full of explosives was detonated at the police headquarters in Balkh Province, killing 16 and wounding 117 others. In addition to the district building that was completely destroyed, and the police headquarters that was almost demolished, 10 houses and 80 shops were damaged in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing.[32]
12 June Kabul 7 Two blasts against minibuses carrying civilians killed at least seven near Jinnah Hospital, west of Kabul.[33]
22 July Spin Boldak, Kandahar Province 100 2021 Spin Boldak shooting
30 July Herat 1 A UN compound in Herat was attacked, one security guard was killed.[34]
26 August Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul At least 182 At least 150 2021 Kabul airport attack - Hamid Karzai International Airport was attacked by suicide bombers and gunmen; the attack was claimed by Islamic State – Khorasan Province. It was the deadliest day for the US military (13 killed) in Afghanistan since 2011.
18 September 2021 Kabul and Jalalabad At least 7 At least 30 At least 7 people were killed and at least 30 were wounded during four explosions which occurred in Nangarhar's capital Jalalabad which targeted a Taliban patrol vehicle and another explosion which occurred in Kabul's Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood.[35] ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the blasts, which were directed at the Taliban.[36]
22 September 2021 Jalalabad At least 5 At least four explosions and an attack by gunmen occurred in the Nangarhar provincial capital of Jalalabad which killed at least five people and wounded many.[37][38] At least 2 Taliban fighters and a child were killed when attackers opened fired on a vehicle at a local gas station in the provincial capital of Jalalabad.[38] Another child were killed in an explosion in Jalalabad which targeted a Taliban vehicle; three people, including at least two Taliban were also wounded.[38] Another person was wounded in a separate attack which saw another Taliban vehicle bombed.[38]
3 October 2021 Kabul "Several" At least 20 Several killed and at least 20 wounded during explosion occurred outside Eid Gah Mosque.[39] The explosion targeted the memorial service for Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid’s mother.[40]
7 October Khost At least 7 More than 15 At least 7 people were killed and more than 15 wounded in an explosion which occurred at a school in Khost.[41]
8 October Kunduz At least 50 At least 100 2021 Kunduz mosque bombing: At least 50 people were killed by an IS affiliated suicide bomber who detonated himself in a Shia mosque.[42]
15 October Kandahar At least 50 At least 100 2021 Kandahar bombing: At least 50 people were killed[43] by an IS affiliated suicide bomber who detonated himself in a Shia mosque.[44]
October 20 Kabul At least 1 At least 8 At least 2 wounded after a grenade was launched from Kabul Zoo and successfully struck Taliban security forces stationed in Dehmazang Square in Police District 3 of Kabul.[45] A separate, more powerful IED explosion which targeted a Taliban pickup truck killed at least 1 person and wounded at least 7, including 3 students.[45][46]
October 21 Kabul Explosion blew up a power pylon in Qala Murad Beg area of Kabul province, cutting off a 220 kV imported power line which provided power to not only residents of Kabul, but also neighboring provinces.[47]
23 October Jalalabad At least 2 At least 4 At least two people were killed and four were wounded when two roadside bombs targeted an Taliban vehicle in Nangarhar's provincial capital of Jalalabad.[48]
2 November Kabul At least 25 Many 2021 Kabul hospital attack: At least 25 people killed in a large incident involving explosions and gun attacks at the 400-bed Daoud Khan Military Hospital.[49][50][51] Among those confirmed killed was the leader of Kabul Corps of the Islamic army of Afghanistan Hamdullah Mukhlis, who was also known as the "Conqueror of Kabul" after he became the first senior Taliban figure to occupy the Afghanistan presidential palace during the August 15, 2021 Taliban takeover of Kabul[52][53][54]
3 November Jalalabad At least 2 At least 3 At least 2 people were killed and 3 wounded after a roadside bomb struck a Taliban patrol in Jalalabad.[55] A Taliban commander who identified himself as "Mubarizand" did not provide details about those killed in the attack, but did state that four Taliban fighters were among those wounded.[55]
12 November Spin Ghar, Nangarhar province 3+ 15 A mosque was bombed.[56]
13 November Dashte Barchi, Kabul 6 7 A minivan bomb exploded in a Shiite area of Kabul.[57]
23 November Muhajadin Bazaar, Kabul Unknown At least 2 injured A huge explosion ripped through Kabul's Kandahar Market.[58][59] The area, formerly known as Bush Market, is also known as the Mujahidin Bazaar.[60] At least 2 Taliban security personnel where injured in the explosion, which resulted from the detonation of a magnetic mine which was attached to a Taliban Ranger vehicle.[58][61] Gunfire was reported in the area of this explosion as well.[58][59]
25 November Karte Parwan locality, Kabul Unknown Unknown Explosion occurs at traffic circle in Kabul's Karte Parwan locality, casualties not immediately known.[62][63] Afghanistan Interior Ministry claims no casualties.[63]
30 November Police District Six, Kabul Unknown At Least 5 At least five people were wounded in an explosion which occurred in Kabul's Police District Six, including Taliban fighters.[64] Despite denial of casualties from the Interior Ministry and local authorities, injuries to five people, including security personnel, during the blast were confirmed by eyewitnesses as well as the local media outlet Ariana News.[65] Eyewitnesses also revealed that the blast occurred on the road near Habibia High School.[66][67]
4 December 2021 Fifth Taimani Street, Kabul Unknown Unknown Explosion occurs on Kabul's Fifth Taimani Street, no casualties immediately reported.[68]
10 December 2021 Dashte Barchi,


2 4 Taliban reported two separate explosions in Dashte Barchi, Kabul where 2 people were killed and 4 were wounded, including one which occurred on a minibus.[69] However, Kabul journalist Ramin Ahmadyar reported that while the first blast occurred in a car in Dashte Barchi, the second blast occurred in the city's Dehbouri area.[70]

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