Afghanistan: Dozens of school girls poisoned in Herat, Kabul

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KABUL/HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Some school girls in the Injil district of western Herat province fell unconscious on Wednesday and were taken to hospital, officials said.

Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai, provincial hospital spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News around 60 students of Habib-ul-Mustafa School in Injil were poisoned. “All of them, numbering around 60, have been evacuated to hospital.”

He said all students were being taken care of and none had been discharged yet. The poisoned students were aged between 15 and 19 years, the spokesman said.

Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, police spokesman, confirmed the incident and said: “Our investigations show the poisonous substance was brought to the school by teachers or students. But we need more time to specify those persons.”

Two days back, 130 students, teachers and guards of the same school had been poisoned.

Meanwhile, two girls at a private school in the 13th police district of Kabul also fell unconscious. Haji Mohammad Yasin, principal of the Talash School in Dasht-i-Barchi locality, said the reason could not be immediately ascertained.

The girls, he said, had been shifted to hospital and were in stable condition.But Hussain Ali, a resident of the area, said around 10 girls had been poisoned.

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