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In Afghanistan, about 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned Tuesday after drinking contaminated water in an attack that is being blamed on conservative radicals opposed to female education.

According to Reuters, some of the girls, who suffered from headaches and vomiting, were in critical condition, while others were able to go home after treatment in hospital.

The incident occurred in the northern part of the country.

“We are 100 percent sure that the water they drunk inside their classes was poisoned. This is either the work of those who are against girls’ education or irresponsible armed individuals,” said a school official in the northern Takhar province.

Since the 2001 toppling of the Taliban, which banned education for women and girls, females have returned to some schools in the country, but periodically they are still targeted in attacks.

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