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Taliban close all schools in Logar’s Mohammad Agha

Taliban close all schools in Logar’s Mohammad Agha

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Sep 21, 2019 - 20:26

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon militants on Saturday closed all schools in the Mohammad Agha district of central Logar province, threatening teachers and students with death, an official said Saturday.

Provincial Educationinfo-icon Department spokesman Shahpur Arab told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Taliban ordered closure of all 62 schools in the district this morning and threatened teachers and students with dire consequences if they went to the schools.

He said the Taliban had also threatened over the phone the district deputy education officer, other officials and teachers that they would set alight the schools if reopened. The rebels had also thrashed some teachers, he added.

Mohammad Agha district education officer Roohullah Amin said that the Taliban had ordered them to close all schools in the district.

He said he received a call this morning at 6am and was told that the schools must not be opened and no one could participate in this month’s presidential election.

A government official in Logar, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they were trying to get reopened the schools in Mohammad Agha through mediation of tribal elders and religious scholars.

As many as 35,000 students are enrolled in schools in Mohammad Agha district.

However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied their involvement in the matter, saying local residents had closed the schools in reaction to the establishment of security posts in their areas.

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