More than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers have been treated for poisoning in northern Afghanistan.
Taliban insurgents have been blamed for the attack. They are suspected of trying create fear to close down schools. It is the second incident of its kind in the region within two months. One victim describes her experience:
“We saw one of the students was unconscious and in a bad condition. We were told not to drink the water but we had already drunk the water and also lost consciousness.”
The previous attack in Takhar province targeted the school’s water supply. Preliminary evidence in this incident points to the use of an airborne toxic powder.
Last week the Afghan Education Ministry reported that 550 schools in 11 provinces have been forced to close by insurgents.