Attacks on Quetta

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Attacks on Quetta
Part of 1st Afghan War 1839-42
Date: 22 June-17 July 1840
Location: Quetta, Baluchistan
Presidency: Bombay
Co-ordinates: 30.200602°N 67.034018°E
Result: Attackers repulsed
British & Indians Kakar tribesmen
Captain J D Bean Mir Guffoor Khan
600 5,000

This was an event during the 1st Afghan War
For context see main article Affairs in Beloochistan


Captain Bean was the political agent at Quetta. The Kakur tribesmen, part of the Brahui people, were believed to be in the pay of the British but they were also in league with the Marri tribesmen who were besieging Captain Brown at Kahan. On 22 June they attacked the small fort of Mirree at Quetta where Captain Bean was with 230 infantry and 20 Beloochee gunners but they were driven off. On 9 July they appeared before Quetta and made attempts to scale the walls. The attacks went on until 17 July when the tribesmen withdrew.

Spelling Variants

Modern name: Quetta
Variants: Quettah/Shawl

External Links

Afghan Wars Heritage History
1st Afghan War Wikipedia
Attack on Quetta Google Books
Baluchistan Map Digital South Asia Library