Over 120 Afghan schoolgirls sick after poison attackMay 24th, 2012 - 1:05 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 24 (IANS) Over 120 schoolgirls in Afghanistan fell sick following a suspected poison attack by the Taliban, a media report said.
Most were treated and discharged, but 30 of them were still being treated, an official told the BBC.
An initial probe suggests that poisonous materials had been sprayed in classrooms at Bibi Haji school in Takhar province.
The young victims were taken to hospital Wednesday after they complained of nausea, headaches and dizziness.
Police spokesperson Khalilullah Aseer said he suspected Taliban rebels were trying to spread fear by poisoning the schoolgirls.
The suspected poisoning was made worse due to mass hysteria among school pupils in the aftermath of the attack, said some officials.
In April, more than 100 schoolgirls in Takhar were hospitalised after drinking water at their school.
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