• publish: 5 September 2015
  • time: 10:38 pm
  • category: Security&Crime
  • No: 1042
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Schoolgirls poisoned in time in west Herat province

Local officials said on Saturday that a number of schools girls and teachers have been poisoned in Herat province.

The incident took place in Herat city when the girls were at school and were busy studying, said officials.

The girls and their teachers have been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, officials added.

“So far 16 school girls and four teachers have been transferred to hospital for treatment,” a spokesman for the Herat Regional Hospital, Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai said.

He did not provide details on their condition but said that more patients were expected.

He said: “The transferring of the poisoned girls [to hospital] still continues.”

The poisoning of school pupils, especially at girl’s schools, has increased in recent months – which has sparked concern among many families in Afghanistan.

With today’s incident adding on, this was four of its kind within a few days in west province of Herat.

 

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