Monday, 07 September 2015 11:04
Last Updated on Monday, 07 September 2015 11:42
More than 35 schoolgirls were poisoned in western Herat province on Monday morning, local officials said.
The incident took place at the Nawin School in Injil district, a spokesman for the Herat Regional Hospital Mohammad Shafiq Sherzai said.
“The poisoned girls have been transferred to hospital. They were poisoned after breathing in a gas,” Sherzai said.
He did not however provide details on their condition but said that the girls are “now in a stable condition.”
The girls were between the ages of seven and 16, said officials.
Two days ago, 16 girls and four teachers were poisoned in Herat city.
The poisoning of school pupils, especially at girl’s schools, has increased in recent months – which has sparked concern among many families in Afghanistan.
Just last week, more than 100 school girls were poisoned – also in Herat city and while at school.
This latest incident is however reportedly the fourth in 10 days in the province, say officials. Details were however sketchy on the reported fourth case.