May 14 2009
Yesterday I posted a story about the SECOND Taliban poison attack on Afghan schoolgirls. Apparently, that wasn’t enough. Taliban suspected as 86 Afghan girls are hospitalized following THIRD school poisoning.
I guess they won’t be happy until they kill a lot of girls. So, are THESE the ‘moderate’ Taliban Obama is making nice with?
At least 84 Afghan schoolgirls were admitted to a hospital today after the third apparent poison attack on a girls school in as many weeks, officials said.
The students were lining up outside their school in north-eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday morning when a strange odor filled the school yard.
The school’s principal told how one schoolgirl collapsed.
‘We took her inside and splashed water on her face,’ said Mossena, who like many Afghans goes by one name.
Then other girls started passing out in the yard and they sent all the students home.
It was unclear if the incident was a deliberate attack on the school, though the Taliban and other conservative extremist groups in Afghanistan have been known to target schoolgirls in a bid to stop their education. (Unclear? Oh please)
Mossena said she did not know what happened next because she collapsed and woke up in the main hospital in Muhmud Raqi, the capital of Kapisa province.
At least 98 patients were admitted from Aftab Bachi school, including the principal, 11 teachers and two cleaners, said Khalid Enayat, the hospital’s deputy director.
He said about another 30 students were being monitored to see if they developed symptoms, although they were not admitted to the hospital.
An official earlier said 89 schoolgirls had been hospitalised.
Tuesday’s apparent attack is the third alleged poisoning at a girls’ school in less than three weeks.
It comes a day after 61 schoolgirls and one teacher from a school in neighboring Parwan province were admitted to a hospital after complaining of sudden illness.
They were irritable, confused and weeping, and several of the girls passed out.
The patients in Kapisa complained of similar symptoms to those in the Parwan incidents – headaches, vomiting and shivering, said Aziz Agha, a doctor treating the girls.
‘I got dizzy and my head hurt. Some other students took me home, then I passed out and they brought me to the hospital,’ said a startled looking 11-year-old, Tahira, from her hospital bed.
One girl said she planned to go back to school when she felt better, but that now it would fill her with fear.
‘I’m going to be scared when I go back to school. What if we die?’ she said.
Interior Ministry Spokesman Zemeri Bashary said officials suspect some sort of gas poisoning, and that police were still investigating.
Under the Taliban’s 1996-2001 regime, girls were not allowed to attend school.
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