This Current Events Report examines a number of presumed poisonous gas attacks that took place in schools in various regions of Afghanistan, affecting numerous female students. The report focuses on two incidents that took place on the 11th of May 2010 in Kabul and in the province of Kunduz. These cases, however, show similarities to several other occurrences in Afghan schools.
Although the exact cause of the spontaneous sickness that affected the female students has not been officially identified, the reported symptoms seem to have been provoked by Malathion, a chemical that was used in an attack on a school in north-eastern Afghanistan in 2009.
Until now, no one has been held responsible for the incidents, but an attack with poisonous gas appears to be the most plausible explanation. This would imply that the offensive tactics in Afghanistan are gradually developing, thus raising the probability of more attacks.Current Events Report 1: Afghan School Girls Chemical Attacks (2169 downloads)