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Gas used against Afghan schools


In more attacks on girl’s schools in Afghanistan 30 pupils and teachers have been taken to hospital after suspected use of poison gas.

Schools in Kabul and Kunduz were attacked, the latest to be hit in a wave in recent weeks of attempts to strike panic with a sort of gas device.

For the moment no-one has died, but several have been hospitalised feeling sick or with breathing difficulties.

“Three of my classmates were unconscious. After that my teacher told us to go out . When I looked at the blackboard my eyes hurt and tears were coming from my eyes. After that I blacked out, too, and I don’t know what happened after,” said one girl.

“Getting an education is an obligation for all muslims. If all of us die while learning and one of our children survive they should continue to study, and this is the duty of all parents, to educate their children,” said an angry father.

Attacks on girl’s schools have increased since last year, but despite being blamed the Taliban has condemned them.

In a separate incident a bomb went off in a boy’s school in eastern Khost, hospitalising 13 people.

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