Incident Summary:

04/11/2006: Students at Salar-bagh primary school in eastern Afghanistan were studying outside when two BM-12 type missiles allegedly fired from Pakistan slammed into the school yard, killing seven boys and wounding thirty-three children and one teacher. The attack was carried out by an unknown number of unidentified perpetrators. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Education system in Asadabad
Specific Description School yard in Asadabad
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Another child died later in hospital, provincial governor Asadullah Wafa told AFP hours later, thus affecting a different casualty count of the students. --A purported Taliban spokesman, Qari Mohammed Yousaf, denied involvement, saying "we do not kill innocent children. This is not our work." It isn't clear if the rocket was targeted at the complex, which is close to an Afghan army base and a compound used by international troops. The attack was blamed on Taliban militants and their Al-Qaeda allies. --The second rocket did not cause casualties. --The injured have been taken for treatment to the hospital at the US military base in Asadabad. The helicopter took five of the more seriously injured children to the hospital at the US military base at Bagram.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida No
Taliban No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 34 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 34
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Seven children killed in rocket attack on Afghan school,” Agence France Presse -- English, April 11, 2006.
NIMATULLAH KARYAB, “Rockets slams into Afghan school yard near U.S. base, kills 7 students,” The Associated Press, April 11, 2006.