Incident Summary:

05/14/2013: Assailants carried out a suspected poison gas attack on the Khorasan Girls' High School in Mazar-i-Sharif city, Balkh province, Afghanistan. At least 150 students at the school were hospitalized. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected that the Taliban was involved.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Mazari Sharif

Location Details:
Incident occurred 305 north of Kabul

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Khorasan Girl High School
Specific Description Female Students
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
An unspecified poisonous 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources cannot confirm that that the poisoning was intentional.
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 / 150 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 150
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"150 girls get poisoned by toxic gas in Afghanistan," Turkish Press, May 14, 2013."
"Suspected gas poisoning hit Afghan girl school in N. city," Xinhua News Agency, May 14, 2013."