Khaama Press, June 23, 2012
Around 100 school girls poisoned in northern Afghanistan
Afghan schoolgirls lie in beds in a hospital in Kabul on August 28, 2010, as they receive treatment for suspected poisoning at their school. (Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)
According to local authorities in northern Sar-e-Pul province, more than 100 school students were poisoned in this province and were taken to hospital for treatment purposes.
The officials further added the incident took place early Saturday morning at Hazrat Imam Zada Yahya high school and the main reason behind the poisoning of the students were unknown.
Provincial education chief Abdul Ghafoor Sar-e-Puli said an investigation has been started in this regard to find out the facts behind the incident.
This comes as several school girls were poisoned in Takhar, Bamiya and Kabul provinces of Afghanistan.
A number of suspects in this regard were recently detained by security forces in northern Takhar province, and the main motive behind the attack was to prevent Afghan families from sending their daughters to schools.
In the meantime Dr. Mohammad Haroon chief of the provincial hospital said around 118 school girls were taken to the hospital this morning who were poisoned and the health condition of majority of them are better and were sent back to their homes.
He said the health officials have not found any signs of toxicant gases, adding that the students were feeling headache, fever and nausea.
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