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Afghanistan. Attacks on primary schools. Almost 80 schoolgirls poisoned “for private reasons”

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Nearly eighty schoolgirls have been poisoned and hospitalized in two separate attacks on primary schools in northern Afghanistan, the provincial education chief said. As he stated, the person who organized the attacks did so “for private reasons”.

The attacks took place in Sar-e Pol province in the north Afghanistan on Saturday and Sunday. 60 schoolgirls were poisoned at Naswan-e-Kabod Aab school and 17 at Naswan-e-Faizabad school. Mohammad Rahmani, head of the provincial education authority, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that the person who organized the attacks did so “for private reasons.” “Both elementary schools are close to each other and were attacked one after the other,” the official said.

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Rahmani did not provide any information on how the girls currently hospitalized were poisoned or what the symptoms of the poisoning were. He also did not specify their ages, but said they were in grades one through six. These are the first attacks of this type since the Taliban took power in 2021 and began tightening restrictions on Afghan women and girls, ABC News reported. Girls have been banned from continuing their education beyond the sixth grade of primary school, and women have no access to most professions, and their ability to function in public space has been restricted.

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Attacks on girls’ schools in Iran

In the neighboring one Iran it comes to gas attacks in girls’ schools since November last year. In recent months, several hundred girls have been hospitalized after being poisoned by an unspecified gas sprayed in schools. The attacks took place in at least 25 of Iran’s 31 provinces. The students were diagnosed with breathing problems, dizziness, headaches and nausea.

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