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Girls’ higher secondary school torched in Logar

Girls’ higher secondary school torched in Logar

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Dec 17, 2016 - 16:55

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): A girls school has been torched by unknown people in the Mohammad Agha district of central Logar province, local officials said on Saturday.

Logar Educationinfo-icon Department spokesman Shapoor Arab told Pajhwok Afghan News the school ‘Shaheed Shahsawar Secondary School for girls’ was set ablaze in Kotabkhel village on Friday night.

He said a group of unknown armed men entered the school, overpowered the guards and torched the building after pouring fuel on it.

Arab said all 10 rooms, teaching documents, books, tables and chairs had been gutted. Some 550 girls were enrolled in the school.

A resident of Kotabkhel locality, Ajmal, said they realized during night time that the school had been set ablaze but they stayed home and did not go out to put out the fire fearing for their own security.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Agha district chief confirmed the incident, saying a probe had been launched into the incident.

The Ministry of Education (MoE) in a statement confirmed the incident calling it the handiwork of education and knowledge’s enemies. The statement asked security organs to apprehend the perpetrators at the earliest possible. The school is run from a home rented by the MoE.

There are a total of 307 schools, with 70 schools lacking buildings. A total of 150,000 students are enrolled in these schools including 50,000 girls.

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