Incident Summary:

01/08/2013: Approximately 250 police officers fell ill after being poisoned by an unidentified substance at a police compound in Marmul district, Balkh province, Afghanistan. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspect that the event is part of a string of poison attacks targeting police officers in Afghanistan.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Marmul district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Afghan Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Chemical Poisoning
Weapon Details
Poison 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 250 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 250
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"At least 200 policemen poisoned in Balkh," Afghan Islamic Press (AIP), January 9, 2013."
"250 Afghan police officers in northern Balkh province," Khaama Press, January 9, 2013."
"(Corr) About 200 police said poisoned in Afghan north," BBC Monitoring South Asia - Political Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring, January 10, 2013."