May 29th, 2012
06:16 AM ET

160 Afghan schoolgirls poisoned, official says

A hospital in northern Afghanistan admitted 160 girls Tuesday after they were poisoned in their classrooms with a type of spray, a Takhar police official said.

The incident, the second in a week's time, was reported at the Aahan Dara Girls school in Talokhan, the provincial capital.

The girls, ages 10 to 20, complained of headaches, dizziness and vomiting before being taken to the hospital, according to Khalilullah Aseer, a police spokesman. More than half of them had been discharged within a few hours of receiving treatment, he said. Blood samples were taken and sent to Kabul for testing.

Last week, more than 120 girls and three teachers were admitted to a hospital after a similar suspected poisoning.

"The Afghan people know that the terrorists and the Taliban are doing these things to threaten girls and stop them going to school," Aseer said last week. "That's something we and the people believe. Now we are implementing democracy in Afghanistan and we want girls to be educated, but the government's enemies don't want this."

But earlier this week, the Taliban denied responsibility, instead blaming the U.S. and NATO forces for the poisonings in an attempt to "defame" the insurgent group.

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  1. Rojopa

    Those taliban will stop at nothing.

    May 29, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Chip Smith

      They will stop when they are dead. (hint,hint)

      May 29, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Craig

    The U.S. could post guards at schools... oh, we are not wanted.

    May 29, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. dellll

    Hmm ... and to think all of the protestors in Chicago that complained about NATO involvement... Do you think it will get better for women in Afghanistan when NATO leaves or worse? I guess you protestors do not really care since all of your children attend schools outside of Afghanistan do not have to worry about people trying to kill your daughter just because she wants an education...

    May 29, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Diem

      Dellll, are your daughters in Afghanistan?

      May 29, 2012 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
    • noamche

      You're totally missing the point,... NATO in there abusing the people and occupying the country is never gonna do any good to the shool girls, fact it probably makes it worst,.... I'd even bet that this would not have happened if NATO troops were not in their country

      May 29, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Diem

      dellll, what about kids trying to get an education on the south side of Chicago? This problem is closer to home. Are you aware? Do you care?

      May 29, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. ModXell

    Why these people hate so much women?

    May 29, 2012 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      their persecutors are the demonic and the devil hates women...for women create life and souls for the kingdom of heaven...

      May 29, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jenkins

      I'm guessing they are trying to keep the land "pure"! you see all the problems in America with people thinking they can do what they want! US keeps the same laws to protect women but call them equal... I'm a little confused! But now we have millions of single mother b/c they can do what they want... Im just saying.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. ModXell

    @And in other news: That's what happen when you have no regulations/controls/agencies.

    May 29, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • G. Zeus™

      We have religious people here in the U.S. deliberately destroying our education system even now.
      Many children are being poisoned by pollution, too. Who is against regulations? Who fights to destroy our government while saying it's too big?
      The Christian Taliban. The GOP. The Republicans. The Tea Party. Rush Limbaugh & Co., Rove & Co., Koch brothers, Southern Baptists, Methodists, Mormons, and the list goes on. This is Civil War being fought in front of your eyes here and around the world.
      Afghanistan, too. The Taliban and associated Muslims think their religion is above human rights.
      In the U.S. it's Christian extremists who feel this way.
      Not even the Amish are immune to thinking their religion is above the law and above every international human rights law.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. george smitt

    i agree with the above! may God bless those children there! also we shud Beef Up our duties there Strongly for 5 more years & then either make it a US territory or charge an oil tax or both, until we get back every penny with intrest we have spent there! mr & mrs lawmakers! those children are going to grow up Worse than the Hitler youth cause there will be No change!

    May 29, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. JGallagher Average American

    What a hard choice for the afgahn parent to make. A choice we american's take for granted. Our reaction to this event should be no diffrent than our reaction to the tragic Littleton,CO case. Children will suffer as they have since sin enterd this world. As an american i would like the world to know that we are here for you. The worlds children are more valueable than gold !!! Race is no longer an issue America. We are the melting pot of the world. We will pray for the children effected by this mindless act!

    May 29, 2012 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. And in other news

    @ ModXell, our own "food and drug administration" allows testing of drugs to happen over seas only to let those drugs come back into the United States. Hence; "Drugs are like a box of chocolate, you never know what your gonna get".
    Once I read that (drug testing) I never have taken a pill since.
    So, regulations/controls/agencies don't mean squat to me.

    May 29, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. snowdogg

    Feel badly for the young women. What is Karzai's government going to do about it?

    May 29, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dismas

    May God change the heart of these rebels and give them a new heart in our lord Jesus Christ

    May 29, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Diem

      This dogma has been so successful with ending atrocities around the world throughout history. Nice. (sarcasm)

      May 29, 2012 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Diem

    I'm waiting for the CNN headline that says – "Wealthiest country in the world lets their own children, women, and men die of hunger and other easily treatable illnesses because rather than taking care of their own they spent their money on sending their young adults overseas in harms way to protect people on the other side of the world".

    May 29, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sana

    Unless the Nato left out the afghan land the voilence will be going on in afghanistan.these voilences happening because of theirs (Nato) is showing theirs irresponsible,inhuman discharging of duties.

    May 29, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. meltemi

    Cowardly dogs like these Taliban have hijacked Islam for their own agenda and have made "Muslim" a synonym to "Terrorist" in the minds of most. Yet where is the outrage from the Muslim community?? Why aren't the Islamic religious leaders denouncing such atrocities committed in the name of Islam? Their silence has done as much damage to Islam as these terrorist fanatics.

    May 29, 2012 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. The Koran

    The Koran plainly states Allah's command to "REPEL" the invading infidels, NOT join-in with them as a renegade would do.
    There is no "misinterpreting" these simple commands. If you join with the invading infidels and call yourself Muslim, you, sir, are a Renegade Muslim as defined in your own Koran.

    May 29, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I guess I'm missing the part in the Koran where it says that poisoning 160 schoolgirls has anything remotely to do with dispelling infidels.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      it seems from the taliban prospective every muslim is an infidel...until proven otherwise...

      May 29, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • The Koran

      No surprise that you, banasy©, are again missing something. Taliban rely on a wahabi interpretation of the koran contents, which means they want it interpreted as it was in the 800s when Islam was on the ascent. The very word, koran, means "submission": Children submit to adults, women submit to men, men submit to God, and after there's submission there will be peace. They do not want women folk reading and doing their own interpretation. That's a western protestant thing, which you are projecting because you know no better.

      What's amazing about you and your vocal opinionated buddies, banasy©, is how little you do know, but how steadfast you are in your erroneous ways.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That made my day...thanks!
      I would so rather stick with my "erroneous ways" than live a life of complete and total abject misery, finding no joy at all except to point out the foibles and flaws of others.
      You will have to pardon me if I think that gassing 160 female students isn't written in any book, no matter who in misinterpreting it.

      A leopard cannot change its spot, nor can the delusional change their style.

      May 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 29, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
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