Aug 25 2010
KABUL: About 40 schoolgirls became ill and were taken to hospital after a suspected gas poisoning in the Afghan capital, another apparent attack by Islamists opposed to female education.
REUTERS The Taliban banned education for girls during their Afghan rule from 1996-2001, but have condemned similar attacks in the past. They have, however, set fire to dozens of schools, threatened teachers and even attacked schoolgirls in rural areas.
Wednesday’s incident followed a similar pattern to other recent attacks at girls’ schools involving an airborne substance which officials said could be some form of gas.
Asif Nang, a spokesman for the Education Ministry, said the girls, of differing ages from a school in Kabul’s east, were being treated in hospital. “It looks like it is another case of gas poisoning, but it is being investigated now,” he said.