Another 280 schoolgirls poisoned in two northern provinces
Mon Jul 02, 3:16 pm
In yet another case of poisonings, more than 250 girl students were poisoned Monday morning in the northern province of Jawzjan.
Jawzjan Police Chief Gen. Abdul Aziz Ghairat confirmed the incident, saying the students of Mesrabad High Girls School in Sheberghan City were poisoned.
In addition, a number of residents around the school have also been poisoned, Ghairat added.
Several teachers and the staff members of the school were also poisoned in this latest event.
A kind of poisonous gas has been sprayed inside the school, according to the Police Chief. He added that the substance used for poisoning the students was different from substances used in Takhar and Sari-i-Pul provinces.
Simultaneously, about 30 girl students of Altiby School were reportedly poisoned in Gosfandi district of northern Sar-i-Pul province.
The Gosfandi district Police Chief confirmed the incident, saying two teachers of same school were also poisoned.
The poisoning of schoolgirls continues to happen in different parts of the country without any claim of responsibility or stated warnings. What is clear is that whoever is poisoning the girls is trying to instill fear in families to prevent girls from attending school.
During the past two weeks, this is the fifth case of poisonings in Sari-i-Pul province while it was the first similar incident occurred in Jawzjan province.
Before this, about 500 girl students of Imam Yahya, Sorkhak and Rahmatabad Schools were poisoned same in Sar-i-Pul province.
There have now been more than a dozen different instances where girl students have been poisoned in different provinces.