Two employees of a girls school in northeast Afghanistan have been taken into custody in connection with the suspected poisoning of 171 students and teachers earlier this week. Moelam Hussein, an administrator in Rostaq, Takhar province, confirms the two school workers are being questioned by police.
Takhar health director Dr. Hafizullah Safi said it appears the school’s water tank was contaminated with poison that caused the students and teachers to suffer dizziness, vomiting and fainting. Blood samples and water samples have been sent to Kabul for testing.
“Their health condition is good now. They now only are showing signs of dizziness, fatigue, and exhaustion. The results of our investigation are not yet known. It has not been confirmed whether they were really poisoned or they were affected by hysterics after seeing, in their words, a man close to the water tank -- and fainted as a result,” Safi said Wednesday."Perhaps that man did nothing and they fell ill due to a physiological effect. We've taken blood samples of five girls, as well as samples of the water, and sent them along to Kabul to make clear whether it was poisoning or just a psychological condition."
The girls were treated at hospital and are expected to make a full recovery. Officials previously said extremists opposed to the education of females were likely responsible for the attack.
Click here for more World News
US Measles Count Surpasses 25 Year Old Record As Numbers Close In On 1,000 Cases for 2019
Released On: 5/31/2019
Tourist Boat Sinks After Colliding with Luxury Passenger Boat On The Danube
Released On: 5/30/2019
Mount Everest Death Toll Rises To 11 People With Growing Overcrowding Concerns
Released On: 5/29/2019
Released On: 10/3/2016
Released On: 9/23/2016
Released On: 9/13/2016
Released On: 9/13/2016
Released On: 11/10/2014
Dozens of people are dead and hundreds of others are injured following Monday morning’s 6.6 magnitude earthquake in northwest China. Rescue and relief efforts are underway. The Chinese Red Cross has already gathered 200 tents, 1,000 sets of house ...
Released On: 7/22/2013
One of Mexico’s most ruthless drug lords was captured early Monday as he was traveling outside the border city of Nuevo Laredo. Authorities identified the man as Zetas cartel boss Miguel Angel Treviño Morale. Morale, who is facing numerous charge ...
Released On: 7/17/2013
Over a dozen people died late Sunday night in a stampede at an overcrowded boxing match in eastern Indonesia. On Monday morning, authorities put the death toll at 18. At least 32 other people were injured.
Released On: 7/16/2013
Taliban militants in Pakistan killed 9 foreign tourists and one local guide preparing to climb in the Himalayas over the weekend. The dead included one Chinese-American, one Nepali, one Lithuanian, two Chinese, two Slovakians and three Ukranians.
Released On: 6/25/2013
Authorities in southern Afghanistan have blamed Taliban militants for a horrific attack on two young boys in Kandahar province. According to the provincial governor’s office, the militants abducted and beheaded the children on Sunday because they ...
Released On: 6/11/2013
Mexican authorities rescued more than 150 migrants that were being held for ransom in Tamaulipas, a northeast state that borders the United States, after receiving an anonymous tip about their location. The migrants were kidnapped last month as t ...
Released On: 6/7/2013
More than 100 people died early Monday in a large fire at a poultry processing plant in China’s Jilin province.
Released On: 6/4/2013
France’s most wanted fugitive, Redoine Faid, was captured Wednesday outside Paris six weeks after his brazen jail break in Lille. Authorities say Faid and an accomplice were taken into custody at a hotel in Pontault-Combault, an area about 12 mil ...
Released On: 5/30/2013
Military officials say investigators will look in to what caused a pilot to have to eject from his F-15 jet over the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday around 9 a.m. The pilot has not been identified, but the U.S. Air Force has confirmed he was not harmed ...
Released On: 5/29/2013
A 38-year-old man inadvertently took the life of a young girl Wednesday when he jumped to his death from his apartment in Busan, South Korea.
Released On: 5/24/2013