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Afghan-Turk school not raided in Herat: Govt

Afghan-Turk school not raided in Herat: Govt

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Nov 11, 2018 - 16:22

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Government officials in western Herat province on Sunday rejected claims that Afghan forces raided Afghan-Turk schools in the provincial capital, saying the forces were deployed for security of a gathering at the schools.

A statement from the Afghan-Turk Schools received by Pajhwok Afghan News claimed security forces along with educationinfo-icon officials stormed the Afghan-Turk boys’ high school in Herat City, the provincial capital.

The security forces forced their way inside the school and arrested some students and teachers and took them to an unknown place, the statement said. The incident happened at around 6am in the morning.

The statement added that security forces also raided the girls’ school at around 6:30 am and took the control of the school.

The Afghan-Turk schools administration termed the act of security forces as against the law, civil law, international norms and condemnable.

Meanwhile, Syed Omar Qatali, head of the students’ parents committee, told Pajhwok Afghan News that security forces forcibly entered the boys Afghan-Turk high school and arrested 20 teachers and students.

He said security forces entered the school in 15 vehicles and they were accompanied by education officials in order to change the director of the school.

He asked the government to continue with the old curriculum under the new school director and immediately release the arrested teachers and students.

Governor’s spokesman Farhad Jilani rejected security forces had raided the schools and said security forces were present there to ensure security for the event which was organized to change the school director.

He said changes in Afghan-Turk schools were being made under an agreement between Afghanistaninfo-icon and Turkey.

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