Afghan School Girls Poisoned in Extremist Attack
Girls at Afghan School Poisoned
150 schoolgirls, as well as some teachers, at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan have been hospitalized after drinking poisoned water. The youngest victim is 14; the oldest is 30.
The victims suffered dizziness and vomiting, while some partially lost consciousness. The regional health director confirmed that the girls and women had been poisoned.
Pro-Taliban religious extremists are blamed for the schoolgirl poisoning: this isn't the first time it's happened.
They said they knew the water had been poisoned because a larger tank used to fill the affected water jugs was not contaminated.
"This is not a natural illness. It's an intentional act to poison schoolgirls," said Haffizullah Safi, head of Takhar's public health department.