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126 school girls, teachers poisoned in Herat

AT-KABUL: As many as 126 schoolgirls, teachers and kindergarten kids on Monday mysteriously fell sick in the city of Herat prompting officials to probe whether they were poisoned by the Taliban insurgents. They were rushed to a nearby hospital. In the past such incidents have already been occurred while the Taliban have been blamed for it.

Muhammad Rafiq Sherzai, spokesman for Herat provincial hospital, said that they have admitted 126 students and teachers of Habibul Mustafa School. He said that classrooms might have been sprayed with toxic material.

He added that the girls and teachers were vomiting and some of them were unconscious when admitted to the hospital.

He said that all the admitted people are in stable health condition. “A health team has been sent to the area for investigations,” Sherzai added.

Herat police spokesman, Abdul Raouf Ahmadi, confirmed that incident and said that they have launched a probe into the incident; however, no arrestment has been made so far.

The Ministry of Education (MoE) expressed its concerns over the incident and urged the concerned authorities to take all necessary measures to arrest those involved.

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