Unidentified gunmen torch school in Ghor; police blame Taliban
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen have torched a school in Lal-wa-Sarjangal district of western Ghor province, an official said on Thursday.
Maj. Hussain Mawin, the district police chief, confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News the Kata Chashma School was burn by on Wednesday night.
He said 200 books, chairs and two rooms were torched. Police, supported by locals, immediately extinguished the fire, which could have caused more damage.
The district’s executive chief, Mohammad Zahir Rustami, said the administrative room and warehouse of the school had been destroyed.
Around 400 girls and boys were enrolled at the school that was constructed with financial assistance from Japan three years ago, he said.
The district police accused the Taliban of the arson attack. But the militants have repeatedly denied involvement in such incidents.
This is the first school to be torched in Ghor. Lal-wa-Sar Jangal district, which shares a border with Bamyan, has 72 schools with only 28 have proper buildings. Nearly 32,000 students including 15,000 girls are enrolled across the district.
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