Incident Summary:

05/04/2010: On Tuesday, at the Durkhanai Girls School in Kabul, Afghanistan, twenty-two schoolgirls and three teachers fell ill and were hospitalized after a suspected gas attack carried out by unidentified militants. The attack is the fourth recent poison gas attack on girls schools in Afghanistan following three similar attacks in Kunduz province. No group responsibility but the Taliban is suspected responsible.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place at the Durkhanai Girls School in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity
Specific Description A girls school was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
An unknown chemical gas was used in the attack.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Jane’s Intelligence, “Schoolgirls Ill in Suspected Militant Gas Attack in Afghanistan's Kabul,” Terrorism Watch Report, May 5, 2010.
National Counterterrorism Center, "Seven Students, One Teacher, One Civilian Wounded in Toxic Gas Attack in Kabul, Kabol, Afghanistan," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, October 4, 2010.
Hamid Shalizi, "More Afghan Schoolgirls Ill in Suspected Gas Attack," Reuters, May 4, 2010,