Kunduz-Takhar highway hostage crisis
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|Kunduz-Takhar highway hostage crisis|
|Part of War in Afghanistan (2001–present)|
A highway border crossing checkpoint in the same province that the attack took place.
|Location||Kunduz-Takhar highway and Omarkhil, Kunduz province, Afghanistan|
|Date||May 31, 2016– Unclear end date|
|Deaths||33+ (six attackers killed, maybe more.)|
|Victims||Around 262 civilians|
|Perpetrators||Over 250 Taliban members, maybe other groups|
On May 31, 2016, Taliban militants posing as government officials kidnapped around 220 civilians at a fake checkpoint along the Kunduz-Takhar highway near Arzaq Angor Bagh in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, on the outskirts of the city of Kunduz.
More people were killed and kidnapped on June 8.
The civilians were kidnapped from four buses, three vans, and three cars while travelling on the highway. Most of the passengers were eventually released, but at least seventeen have been killed, and at least eighteen (some sources say "around 20") are still being held hostage. A rescue mission for the eighteen or more civilians has been launched. Some of the hostages were killed on the spot, and some were killed after they were transported to the village of Omarkhel in Chardara. Afghan forces rescued many of the passengers, and some members were also taken hostage. Six people were killed after trying to escape when the security forces arrived.
Soon after the attack, four suicide bombers attacked a courthouse in Ghazni, killing at least nine people, and themselves, and injuring 13. Six days before the attack, 11 were killed on a court minibus attack, soon after the death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour. All of these attacks have been conducted by the Taliban. The Taliban held Kunduz briefly one year before the attack.
- List of Islamist terrorist attacks
- List of terrorist incidents, January–June 2016
- List of hostage crises
- 1.^ It has not been confirmed whether or not six "attackers" that were killed for running away were actually attackers or not.
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