Incident Summary:

05/30/2012: Assailants sprayed the Aahan Dara Girls School with toxic chemicals in Taloqan town, Takhar province, Afghanistan. At least 160 students were hospitalized after complaining of headaches, vomiting, and dizziness. No group claimed responsibility; however officials suspect that the Taliban was behind the attack.

GTD ID:
201205300023

When:
2012-05-30

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Takhar

City:
Taloqan

Location Details:
Attack occurred at the Aahan Dara 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 Aahan Dara Girls School
Specific Description Students
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Chemical Poisoning
Weapon Details
Sprayed toxic materials were 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 / 160 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 160
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Official: 160 girls poisoned at Afghan school," CNN Wire, May 29, 2012."
"160 schoolgirls taken to hospital after second 'Taliban poisoning of Afghanistan school in a week'," MailOnline, May 30, 2012."