Incident Summary:

05/23/2012: Assailants sprayed poisonous materials into the Bibi Haji school in Taloqan city, Taloqan district, Takhar province, Afghanistan. At least 120 people at the school, including three female teachers, were poisoned in the attack and subsequently hospitalized. No group claimed responsibility; however, government officials suspected the Taliban, though the group denied involvement.

GTD ID:
201205230002

When:
2012-05-23

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Takhar

City:
Taluqan

Location Details:
Attack occurred at the Bibi Hajira girls' school in Taloqan, Takhar Province, Afghanistan

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Bibi Hajira Girls' School
Specific Description School
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Chemical Poisoning
Weapon Details
Sprayed poisonous material 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 / 120 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 120
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Taliban Deny Poison Plot Against Girls' Schools," IHS Global Insight Daily Analysis, May 28, 2012."
"Official: 122 girls, 3 teachers poisoned at Afghan school," CNN Wire, May 23, 2012."
"Attacks on Schools," Daily Outlook Afghanistan, May 29, 2012."