Incident Summary:

08/31/2015: Assailants sprayed poison gas into girls school in Shahrak-e-Jibrahil locality, Herat city, Herat province, Afghanistan. At least 116 people were reported to have been poisoned in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the Taliban.

GTD ID:
201508310032

When:
2015-08-31

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Herat

City:
Herat

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Shahrak-e-Jibrahil area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Habib-Al-Mustafa 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
A poison gas spray 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. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
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 / 101 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 101
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Suspected gas poisoning hits girl school in W. Afghanistan," Xinhua News Agency, August 31, 2015."
"Afghan schoolgirls poisoned by gas," UPI, September 3, 2015."
"More than 100 Afghan schoolgirls, teachers poisoned," New York Daily News, August 31, 2015."