‘Foreign spy agencies involved in Herat poisonings’
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Accusing foreign intelligence agencies, the governor on Tuesday said more than 700 schoolgirls were poisoned over the past 10 days in the western province of Herat.
Speaking at a gathering here, Mohammad Asif Rahimi said schoolgirls were being threatened in different ways such as planting bombs on roads to schools, night letters and warnings in order to prevent them from attending school.
Calling it a psychological war against girls’ education, the governor said the National Directorate of Security (NDS) officials had so far detained two people in connection with the poisonings and the two were under interrogation.
“The education department has dispatched a 35-article guideline to all schools in the province. The draft includes security measures, strictly search of bags with teachers and students and prevention of bringing food items or medicines to schools.”
He said the guidelines also included banning entry of irresponsible people to schools and asking watchmen stay in schools during nights.
They have also established a commission to be contacted in case of an emergency, he said.
“Intelligence networks are behind these poisoning incidents which are more complicated than the war. Event hospital officials could not identify the cause of the poisonings over the past 10 days,” Herat police chief Abdul Majeed Rozi told the same press conference.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.