Afghanistan: 31 schoolgirls poisoned in Maidan Wardak


MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): At least 31 schoolgirls were poisoned in Marakazi Behsud district of central Maidan Wardak province but they were stated to be in stable condition, an official said Wednesday.

Governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told Pajhwok Afghan News that the incident took place in Baba Wali High School in Koh Biroon area of Markazi Behsod district on Tuesday afternoon.

He said it could not be immediately verified how they were poisoned but 31 partially coconscious schoolgirls were shifted to hospital for treatment. All the girls were discharged after receiving treatment.

Detective and other relevant organs investigation was underway to identify the reason of poison, Khogyani said.

Fazal Rahman Tariq, Maidan Wardak education department director, said that both boy and girls were in the school and the poisoned girls were studying in 11th and 12th classes.

However, provincial public health director Dr. Ghulam Farooq Mukhlis said that 26 girls and five boy students were poisoned.

“Health professionals could not identify what kind of poison was used,” he said.

Provincial council member Halimi Askari urged government to adopt measures to prevent recurrence of such cases in future.


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