Incident Summary:

04/17/2012: A school water tank was poisoned in Rostaq town, Takhar province, Afghanistan. One hundred and forty schoolgirls and teachers became ill as a result. No group claimed responsibility for this attack; however, authorities suspected the Taliban.

GTD ID:
201204170001

When:
2012-04-17

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Takhar

City:
Rostaq

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Girls' School
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Chemical Poisoning
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 Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority estimate is used.
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 / 140 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 140
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"'Poison' scare at Afghan girls' school," Agence France Presse -- English, April 17, 2012."
"Afghan Authorities Eye Taliban In Suspected Girls School Poisoning," Radio Free Europe Documents and Publications, April 18, 2012."
"Extremists poison schoolgirls' water, Afghan officials say," CNN.com, April 17, 2012."