Unknown men set a girl school on fire in Shakar Dara
district of Kabul.
Nasrat Rahimi, spokesperson for ministry of interior affairs, said that Boo’e Hazar Naseri girl high school was burnt down on mid Tuesday night.
According to Rahimi, Taliban fighters closed down the school
and set it on fire.
Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesperson for the Taliban group,
rejected the claim made by the government, saying the Taliban protect
In Afghanistan, an estimated 3.7 million children are
out-of-school and 60 percent of them are girls, according to UNICEF.
Widespread combat fought between the pro-Afghan government
forces and the Taliban fighters holds back scores of girls out of school.
Majority of girl schools are closed in rural areas, where the government and
the Taliban forces fight.
The Afghan security forces and the Taliban use school
building as shields in ruthless battles. Over 1,000 schools remain close across
the country, according to Afghan education ministry.
This came while the United States and the Taliban group continue
to have direct talks to end the 18-year long war. In August, 2019, the U.S representatives
and Taliban leaders hold eight round of peace talks in Doha, Qatar. The two
sides announced that they were close to reach final agreement.
In intra-Afghan peace talks, the Taliban group pledged to
protect public institutions, such as religious centers, schools, hospitals,
public squares, and infrastructures.