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Taliban order shut high school in Pul-i-Alam

Taliban order shut high school in Pul-i-Alam

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Nov 06, 2016 - 17:02

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon have ordered closed a high school over the past one week in the capital of central Logar province, affecting hundreds of students, officials said on Sunday.

Provincial educationinfo-icon department spokesman, Mohammad Shahpoor Arab, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban had asked the school teachers to close the school because they intended to attack a nearby Afghan Local Police (ALP) check-post.

He said the Taliban ordered teachers and students not to return to the school until they captured the check point.

Around 700 students are enrolled in the school taught by 18 teachers, he said, adding efforts are underway to reopen the school.

Haji Gulab, a resident of Dadukhel village in Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, said the school was located between an ALP post and Taliban militants.

“Police and Taliban often clash in the area, parents are also not interested in sending their children to the school in such a situation and now Taliban have warned against the school’s opening,” he said

But a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the fighters had not created any problems for schools in any part of the country.

“The school is possibly closed by Taliban in order to prevent civilian casualties, but I will investigate about it,” Muhajid said.

In the past one month, unidentified gunmen twice planted bombs in the gate of the school, but they were defused before exploding.

As many as 308 educational centers exist in Logar, where 40, 0000 students including 50,000 girls are studying.

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