KABUL: Taliban authorities confirm nearly 80 schoolgirls have been poisoned in a revenge attack in Sancharak district of Sar-e Pul province. Afghanistan has seen several poison attacks against schoolgirls recently which only exacerbate existing social traumas lobotomizing Afghan girls.
In a distressing incident nearly 80 schoolgirls in grades 1 through 6 were hospitalized after a suspected poisoning attack over the weekend in Sancharak district, according to an education official in Afghanistan.
Mohammad Rahmani, the director of the provincial department of education, revealed that the poisoning occurred among female pupils in grades 1 through 6 in the Sangcharak district.
Specifically, 60 students from Naswan-e-Kabod Aab School and 17 from Naswan-e-Faizabad School were affected by the attack, Fox News reported.
He said, “Both primary schools are near to each other and were targeted one after the other.” He , added, “we shifted the students to the hospital and now they are all fine.”
While the investigation is still ongoing, initial inquiries have revealed that an individual harbouring resentment allegedly paid a third party to carry out the attacks. However, Rahmani did not provide further details regarding the nature of the poisoning or the specific injuries sustained by the girls, according to Fox News.
Under the Taliban regime, girls are prohibited from pursuing education beyond the sixth grade, including access to higher education. Additionally, women face restrictions in employment opportunities and public spaces.
This attack serves as a somber reminder of similar incidents in neighboring Iran, where school-age girls have been targeted in a series of poisonings since November. Thousands of students have reported falling ill due to noxious fumes in these incidents. However, there has been no disclosure regarding the culprits behind these attacks or the specific chemicals employed.