Nearly 100 Afghan school girls are believed to have been the victims of gas attacks last month.
In Faryab Province, a man was spotted running toward the school’s orchard at the time of the attack. In Wardak Province, police found nothing at the school which might have caused the problem. They could not rule out heat and a lack of hygienic conditions. One of the stricken girls, however, reported a “bad smell” and defended her school’s cleanliness.
These were just the latest in a series of incidents involving school girls. In May of this year, 80 girls were taken ill in Faryab Province; another 150, in Balkh Province. Gas was suspected. In April, 74 girls fell victim in Takhar Province. The odor of gas was present.
The Taliban denies responsibility for these cowardly attacks. There is, however, great fear that the attacks will accelerate once Western forces are withdrawn from Afghanistan.
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