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More than 100 schoolgirls, teachers poisoned in Herat

More than 100 schoolgirls, teachers poisoned in Herat

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Aug 31, 2015 - 11:52

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): At least 116 school students and teachers were poisoned in the Injil district of western Herat province on Monday morning, an official said.

Injil district’s administrative Mohammad chief Naqib told Pajhwok Afghan News a number of students, teachers and workers of Habib-Al-Mustafa Girls’ School had been poisoned.

“More than a hundred people, all females, were poisoned,” he said, adding some of the parents and custodians shifting their daughters and sisters to hospital were also poisoned.

A teacher of the school, Hasina, said: “I was inside a classroom and felt a bad smell. I don’t know what happened later on. When I opened my eyes, I was in hospital,”

A woman named Bibi Gul said her 12 years old daughter and a sister were students of the school. “We received a call about the incident and rushed to hospital, where I saw my daughter in stable condition.”

But her sister was in bad condition, she said, asking the government to take essential measures for protecting schools.

Herat Zonal Hospital spokesman Mohammad Shafiq Sherzai confirmed receiving 116 poisoned students. He said the condition of 50 percent of students was good and discharged while others were still in hospital.

Based on initial information, the poison attack took place as result of a gas leak, Sherzai said. Police have launched an investigation to ascertain who was behind the gas leak.

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