Sunday, June 13, 2010 
01:07 Mecca time, 22:07 GMT 

Afghan girls sick in 'gas attack' 
            Dozens of Afghan girls have fallen ill after suspected poisonous 
gas attacks on schools this year [Reuters] 

Up to 45 schoolgirls have been taken to hospital after a suspected gas attack 
at their high school in Ghazni, a province in eastern Afghanistan.

Police said some of the teenage girls from the Jahan Maleka high school had 
fallen unconscious after smelling poison gas on Saturday.

"Some of the enemies sprayed poison gas from outside into the high school 
compound," Ghani Khan, a Ghazni police official, said.

The girls were vomiting and could not stand on their feet when they arrived at 
the hospital, according to hospital staff, but they were in stable condition 
after treatment.

"Most of the patients we have received are not in critical condition," Ibrahim 
Monib, a doctor at the hospital, said.

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There have been similar cases of illnesses at girls' schools around Afghanistan.

In separate incidents in Kunduz province in April and May, at least 80 school 
girls reported symptoms such as headaches, vomiting and shivering after 
suspected poisoning.

Some suspect groups which oppose education for girls are spraying schools with 
poison gas. 

During Taliban rule, from 1996-2001, girls were banned from attending school.

In parts of southern and eastern Afghanistan, particularly in Taliban 
strongholds, schools for girls still remain closed.

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