Taliban order several Ghazni schools closed
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The Taliban have ordered many schools to be closed in the capital of southern Ghazni province after the Afghan military shelled a wedding party, killing several people, residents said on Sunday.
Residents said seven people were killed and 17 others wounded on Friday when ANA troops fired mortar shells at a wedding party in Naughi village on the outskirts of Ghazni City.
Noorullah, a student at Shahmir High School, told Afghan Pajhwok News the Taliban had asked their school principal to close the school for three days to mourn the deaths.
“The principal closed the school earlier than the official timing yesterday and nobody was there when I reached the school this morning,” he said, adding several other schools, including Shamsul Aarifeen, Sanayee and Jahan Mulki high schools had been shut.
Idrees, a grade 12th student at Shamsul Aarifeen School, said the school remained opened till 10am this morning and then closed and students and teachers left for home. “I heard the Taliban asking the school administration to close the school.”
Hassan Raza Yousafi, a provincial council member, confirmed the closure of schools in the area and said Taliban had decided to close all schools in the area in reaction to the casualties of civilians.
He said the Taliban had threatened school principals to close schools till their next order.
Mohammad Abid Abid, the education director, said the Taliban had threatened several schools to be closed.
“The schools are re-opened now after the area elders had a meeting with Taliban,” he said, adding that the issue had been resolved in cooperation with local elders.
The Taliban have said nothing about the development.
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