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97 Afghan schoolgirls hospitalized; possible gas attack

MAYMANA, Afghanistan, June 2 (UPI) — Nearly 100 Afghan schoolgirls have been hospitalized after they fell sick due to possible poisonous gas attacks, officials said Sunday.

The Public Health Director of the Farayb province, Dr. Abdul Ali Halim, said the girls began falling unconscious at 4 p.m.

The girls were transported to a hospital for treatment, Pajhwok Afghan News Agency said, and they were later discharged around 10 p.m.

The girls at the hospital told Pajhwok that there was a bad smell in the classrooms when they entered them around 9 a.m, and the local education director linked the illnesses to gas attacks.

Police would not comment on the incident, but an initial investigation did not find any suspicious objects at the schools that could have caused the illnesses.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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