Tuesday, April 17, 2012

150 schoolgirls poisoned by right-wing Afghans opposed to educating women

Officials, fearful of retribution, stopped short of naming group responsible

Conservative Afghan radicals opposed to education for women poisoned 150 schoolgirls by dosing jugs of water at their high school, authorities said.

Some of the girls were in critical condition after the poisoning, while others were treated and released at a hospital in the province of Takhar. The poison left the girls with headaches and nausea.

“We are 100% sure that the water they drunk inside their classes was poisoned,” said Jan Mohammad Nabizada, an education department spokesman.

“This is either the work of those who are against girls’ education or irresponsible armed individuals.”

But officials, fearful of retribution, stopped short of naming any group as responsible for the attack. Authorities determined the jugs of water were poisoned because the school’s main water tank was clean. Read More