Afghan official: 48 schoolgirls sickened, possible poisoning
At least 48 schoolgirls have been sickened at a high school in southern Helmand province in what authorities suspect is a case of group poisoning, an Afghan official said.
The girls were admitted today at his hospital in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, with headache and vomiting, said Dr Nisar Ahmad Barak.
They are all now in stable condition and receiving treatment, the doctor added.
Ahmad Bilal Haqbeen, deputy director at Helmand's education department, says the girls are all from 11th grade at the city's Central Girls School. He says an investigation is underway.
Most of Helmand province is under the control of the Taliban who oppose girls' education.