Incident Summary:

08/25/2010: On Wednesday, at a girl's school in Kabul city, Kabul province, Afghanistan, suspected Taliban militants released a chemical gas into the education building, causing 46 students and nine teachers to end up in the hospital. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place at a girls' high school in Kabul city, Kabul province, 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' high school
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians were targeted.
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Chemical Poisoning
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 / 46 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 46
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Jon Boone, "Taliban Poison Attack or Mass Hysteria? Chaos Hits Another Kabul Girls' School," Guardian, August 25, 2010,
Paul Tait, "FACTBOX-Security Developments in Afghanistan, Aug 25," Reuters, August 25, 2010,
Ron Popeski, "Afghan Girls Fall Ill After Apparent Gas Poisoning," Reuters, August 25, 2010,