Incident Summary:

06/06/2017: Assailants poisoned 30 girls at the Shahyar Sultan school in Almaytu, Ghazni, Afghanistan. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

GTD ID:
201706060010

When:
2017-06-06

Country:
Afghanistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Ghazni

City:
Almaytu

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Jaghuri district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Shahyar Sultan School
Specific Description Students
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Chemical Poisoning
Weapon Details
A toxic 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. A source suspected that the students' symptoms may have been caused by extreme heat rather than poison.
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 / 30 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 30
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"30 schoolgirls fall ill, hospitalized in Ghazni," Pajhwok Afghan News, June 7, 2017."
"30 school girls poisoned in Ghazni province of Afghanistan," Khaama Press, June 7, 2017."
"Afghanistan: Eastern Radio, Television Highlights 7 June 2017," Summary, June 7, 2017."