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School set alight in Lashkargah; probe underway



School set alight in Lashkargah; probe underway

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:01

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen have torched a school in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.

Mohammad Daud Shah Safari, educationinfo-icon director, told Pajhwok Afghan News gunmen set alight the Karghjad Awlia School in Babaji area late on Sunday evening.

He said the school’s furniture was burnt but no one was hurt.  “The gunmen torched the school using petrol. We tried to extinguish the blaze but in vain.”

The motive behind the incident is yet to be ascertained, according to the director, who said an investigation was underway into the arson attack.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Hashim, a resident of the area, said the fire erupted at the school building late on Sunday evening. Government officials extinguished it after a long time.


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