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UNICEF calls on the Taliban to investigate mass school girls poisoning

The UN children agency, UNICEF, has said it is concerned about the alleged poisoning on Sunday of 80 girls in two schools in the northern Sar-e-Pol province.

At least 80 primary school girls and two female teachers fell ill in two schools in the Sancharak district of the province.

UNICEF said in a statement on Monday: “UNICEF Afghanistan is concerned to hear of an alleged incident yesterday in which around 80 girls and women fell ill in two schools in Sanchark District, in the north of Afghanistan. We wish all those affected a speedy recovery.

“Schools should be havens of safety where children learn free from fear. Women should be able to work without endangering their lives.”

UNICEF called on the on the Taliban to investigate and “do everything possible to keep girls and women safe.”

The Taliban has not commented on the incident.