9 including district chief mysteriously fall ill
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): Nine people, including a district chief, fell sick and were hospitalised after they opened a package containing a mysterious powder in northern Takhar province, officials said on Friday.
They were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment three hours after they had opened the letter and started falling ill, said local officials. An unknown person had delivered the package to the office of Gulfan district chief, who was among those hospitalised.
The package was said to be from Africa for delivery on addresses in Kabul, Takhar and the office of Gulfgan district chief.
Noor Ahmad, the Gulfgan district chief, said he and the eight others started falling ill unconscious three hours after they had opened the package, which contained a mysterious substance.
Doctors at the Taluqan Hospital confirmed receiving the nine affected persons, but they could not recognise the chemical.
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