Mysterious illness: 300 Afghan Girls Hospitalized

Published: September 3, 2015

Mysterious illness: 300 Afghan Girls Hospitalized, Mysterious fumes in two Afghan schools have sent more than 300 girls to a hospital this week — and officials suspect the incidents were deliberate.

On Thursday, 115 girls from a school in Herat city were hospitalized after they were poisoned with some type of gas, Herat Regional Hospital spokesman Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai said.

The schoolgirls ranged in age from between 9 and 18, he said.

Sherzai said this is the third incident of its kind this week in the same police district of Herat.

On Monday, 140 girls were hospitalized from a different school in the city after smelling a similar gas, Sherzai said.

On Wednesday, 68 girls fell ill at the same school where Monday’s gas incident took place.

Aseeluddin Jami, the deputy governor of Herat province, said he believed the incidents were deliberately caused, but did not say who may be responsible.

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