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15 schools closed in Pul-i-Alam after Taliban threat

15 schools closed in Pul-i-Alam after Taliban threat

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Jul 11, 2018 - 15:17

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Reacting to a military operation, Talibaninfo-icon militants have closed 15 girls and boys schools in Pul-i-Alam, the capital of central Logar province, officials said Wednesday.

Logar provincial council head, Hasibullah Stanikzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban militants closed the 15 schools in retaliation to an Afghan forces operation against them in the province.

“Both the girls and boys could not attend their med-term exams after the schools are closed,” he said.

The Taliban have warned officials, teachers and students of the schools not to attend classes, he said.  “We ask the Taliban not to close schools,” he said.

Shima, a student of Pori Girls High School in Pul-i-Alam, said: “When we reached our school in the morning, the school was shut and the attendant told us we should go back home because the school is closed.”

Logar educationinfo-icon director refused to comment about the issue.

However, governor’s spokesman, Shamshad Larawi, confirmed to Pajhwok a number of schools had been closed in Logar capital. But he did not provide more details.

The Taliban have not yet commented about the mater, but the group has previously told Pajhwok that they were not involved in schools’ closure.

At least 39 schools have also been closed in Mohammad Agha district of Logar following Taliban’s threats during the past one week.

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