June 24th, 2010
09:26 AM ET

Another suspected poisoning at Afghan girls' school

Kabul, Afghanistan - Twenty-one people at a girls' school in northern Afghanistan fell sick on Wednesday and authorities there suspect they were poisoned.

Fifteen students, five teachers and a principal of the Baghawi Awlia girls' primary school in Sar-e Pul province lost consciousness, according to Asif Nang, spokesman for the Education Ministry.

Authorities suspect the Taliban, which banned girls from going to school when it ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

Since girls' schools began reopening after the Taliban were overthrown, facilities, female students and teachers have been the victims of attacks.

Qamaruddin Shekeb, provincial deputy governor, said it's the third time such an incident occurred in the province, and Nang said it's the seventh suspected poisoning incident in the country.

May 3, 2010: What caused illness in girls at 3 schools?

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  1. da awesomist person in the world!!!

    itz a bumma!!!!!!

    August 10, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Zebra

    Pigs have a higher status than women in the Islamic faith. What do you expect?

    July 21, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Gina

    If the Taliban have to resort to poisoning girls... they must be scared of girls.
    The girls must pose a real threat to them, should they be educated.
    THE TALIBAN ARE WIMPS! COME OUT OF YOUR CAVES!

    July 2, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee1947

      No, they are afraid of education.

      July 3, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SteveG

    Every act of of violence such as this is believed to be from these cowardly extremists, make me tolerate and respect the other % of Islam that has to take the heat for this. Hating Islam for acts like this is like hating Christianity for the Spanish Inquisition. It is the people that harbor the willingness and power for such travesties, not the gods...

    July 2, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MaryM

    You're geometry is all mess up. I don't know if anyone else read what you wrote but it makes no sense at all. In Arabic it is common to use flowery language to illustrate a point, in English the intent is lost. What does that mean? Say what you mean and stop with the nonsensical analogies. Also, I'm sure CNN has no idea who did what but we can deduce from previous poisoning attacks by the Taliban that they are responsible. I

    June 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShiftyP.

      OMG! women are really smarter than men!!! ahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! im just playing. but seriously, Mary is right everybody listen up.

      July 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. FatLazyIgnorantSUVDrivingPigAmericanIdiot

    What are they doing out of the kitchen in the first place!!???

    June 29, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. relians

    god (allah) hard at work again....

    June 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bbopdat

    Imagine a very strong Muslim country, that because of our mis-deeds in the Middle East, invaded the US and attempted to force their customs on us.

    Societal changes of custom must be changed from the inside, not by force from those whose customs are different. That approach has never worked, and never will. The US has several reasons to be in Afghanistan, but forcibly trying to change centuries of custom should not be one of them.

    June 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      I couldn't agree more. Hopefully as with the recent jirga more meaningful contact will be made and a fair and balanced solution to the situation at hand can be found. "Better to jaw jaw jaw than war war war" Winston Churchill.

      June 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • torben09

      That's exactly what NATO is trying to achieve, peace on Afghan terms, not on Taleban or Al Queda terms. Ordinary Afghans want peace. Getting rid of their Taleban oppressors, but of course it have to be done the Afghan way, through their elected leaders, and that's exactly what general McCrystal has worked so hard on trying to achieve, before he was kicked out. Not trying to force our system upon the Afghans

      June 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • lee1947

        The UN is a waste of oxygen. They are useless.

        July 3, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • lizpiper

      i dunno. the brits forcibly stopped the practice of suttee in India. not overnight, but definitely against their customs.

      June 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • torben09

        Well, this is Afghanistan, in another century. Maybe even the Brits are able to get wiser by time, learning by old mistakes

        June 30, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee1947

      You do not have to imagine, they are here and it will not be long before they start to demand more and more. Look at Europe and Great Britain, they have Muslim area where nobody is allowed except other Muslims. Stick around and watch the suicide bomber coming to a shopping center you.

      July 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mason Mehring

    I'm the brown noser poster child. I kiss ass better than anyone in the universe. Send me an email to learn my secrets. mason.mehring@corelinksolutions.com

    June 29, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ken

    These guys must be reading Qur'an backwards and upside down to boot.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. torben09

    It really must be strong stuff you're using. Don't bring that to the US, so we'll all go as crazy as you

    June 28, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. torben09

    Isn't it proof enough, that thousands of muslims burned danish flags and their embassy in Pakistan, just because a newspaper cartoonist had made some stupid drawings ? If that's not the utmost of mass-psykosis I've ever seen, I don't know what. You fanatics belong in a lunatic asylum

    June 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. torben09

    What kind of trip are you on, with your so-called philosophical mind, telling you that no divine teachings carry the word religion ? Religion is just a common, not holy word, describing the spiritual beliefs of people. This is not to be found out, by an inquiring mind, but is just a matter of learning english at grade 1 level

    June 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. William

    It's not the problem of the Western world to do anything about. These areas of the world that have been in conflict for centuries. Involvement from the West does absolutely nothing to resolve conflict in the East, it increases conflict. When there is Western involvement it is imperialistic in nature. Topics like the treatment of women in these countries are used to legitimize the immoral and illegal military occupation of the West in these regions. Nobody would care about these countries if our governments didn't want their oil and resources. There are problems all over the world, larger problems like world hunger and AIDS. People don't comment with the same emotional ferocity over a need to act on those issues. Then again, the starving people in Africa aren't sitting on top of natural resources the West wants. You would also have to see the men as victims, and there's no way Western feminists would get emotional over that.

    June 27, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anabel

      Want to bet? The west gives more in aid to Africa than all the oil rich Middle Eastern countries. Aid that has to run past the hellhole that is Sudan where pirates are looking for easy pickings and do not care in the least who suffers.

      June 29, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Yeah dude, we give billions in aide to countries that "don't have the resources that the U.S. wants."

      June 29, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • torben09

        Exactly !

        June 30, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Western nations also gave $billions in relief to the victims of the tsunami a few years ago. Where were their Muslim brethren then? Nowhere to be found – they gave almost nothing to their suffering neighbors. That kindness(and ignorance) won't be ignored forever.

      July 3, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee1947

      I agree, I wish we would bring the troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq, let them settle their own war. I will, however; stand with Israel against anyone who wants to do them harm. Lets keep our money here too. Drill oil wells and stop using Iran's and Saudi Arabia's oil. Then list Saudi as the terrorist country it is. While we are at it send all of the Muslims back home, they hate the United States so much and they will be much happier in a hut with a dirt floor.

      July 3, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rick

    If not for Ronald Reagan and Rep. Charlie Wilson, the Soviet Union in the 1980's would have crushed islamic extremism and executed every religious nut case in Afghanistan,and probably would have destabilized the corrupt extremist nation of Pakistan too.

    Instead Ronald Reagan sold weapons to the mujahaddein, found 2 major islamic extremist groups from Pakistan and paid them, trained them in insurgency to fight the Soviets, and later gave them high technology such as FIM-92A stinger missiles.

    Its unfortunate our psychosis about the Soviets blinded us to the real threat of islam. Even now we have islamic nations as allies, and for what? They will take our money and weapons and fight us with them.

    June 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • torben09

      You have a point there

      June 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  16. kivi

    blame the jews!!

    June 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Why no?t it's normal mantra.

      June 26, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Onesmallvoice

    Just a small point, you do not need to repeat the previous post just reply to it. Maybe just maybe if you do that you will be taken more seriously.

    June 25, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Lupin3

    There are thousands of Muslims ready to take to the streets over some cartoons, but when it comes to issues like this, the silence is deafening.

    June 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Very true. God forbid the day sacred Mohammad is drawn in a cartoon. Send the cartoonist to the fires of hell!!!!!!!!! But maim women and poison their schools... they can turn a blind eye to that.

      June 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  19. mnsoldier

    All religions have treated women in this manner, they are only the current sect to abuse what they claim to love.

    June 25, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  20. mnsoldier

    Religion corrupted, the taliban are no more than ignorant thugs who are afraid that if women learn beyond having babies they will walk away from the abusive teachings of the koran. After all it was written by a pedophile who was a known murderer and thief.

    June 25, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Onesmallvoice

    If it was just the 15 girl student who lost consciousness i would have said it was a possible case of mass hysteria, add five teachers and a principal and i would guess not especially in that country and the taliban's record of woman and child abuse.

    June 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Lia

    Do they realize that by harming and killing their women and children, that they are in turn killing themselves? Who will run their next generations, who will birth their children?! Absolute foolishness.

    June 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  23. torben09

    Bull

    June 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Steve

    So does it still seem apparent that the Taliban are representatives of the "religion of peace"?

    If I was Islamic, I'd be infuriated by this. If I was an Afghan, I'd be infuriated about this. Where is the outrage?

    June 25, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • erroronline

      Ha, Muslims rise up by the thousands to demonstrate asgainst US "atrocities" Not one peep out of them when their 'brothers'poison their own babies.What a bunch of self righteous hypocrates they are.You. know,before 911 I thought of the muslim faith as just another religion, who were free to worship as they please, just regular folks. Well their crusade to garner respect from the rest of the world has just served to make me see them as something else. A threat to the rest of the world and civilized society. Where is the outcry against this stuff from the "real" muslims They are and probably complicit. They reserve their "outrage"for anti American issues. Screw em!

      July 4, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  25. Iraq Paramedic

    GOD says: If you harm the little children or stop them from coming to me it will be better for you to tie a rope around your neck & jump into the deep ocean than what GOD has in store for you in hell.
    May GOD Bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!

    June 25, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  26. Smith in Oregon

    This is the third publicly reported instance of women school children poisoning. If the Army sent in their investigative team, it wouldn't have occurred a third time. Standing by and letting the Islamic extremists who treat women like lower class animals poison Islamic girls that attend schools in Afghanistan, is America winning the hearts and minds of the American People? Huh? Is that the strategy by not sending in the investigative teams to stop that?

    June 24, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaryM

      What investigative teams are you talking about? The Criminal Investigation Division deals with soldier infractions the military police don't investigate. The Army doesn't have some sort of CSI Afghanistan. Our CID is to busy making sure detainees aren't abused to worry about innocent Afghan women and children. Blame everyone who made a fuss about Abu Ghurayb

      June 30, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Dianne -- Connecticut

    Let them live like they have been for centuries. It's their problem not the USA.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaybob

      I wonder how many other countries said that about our women's rights movement?

      The only thing more evil than committing acts of villainy, is turning a blind eye and doing nothing about those acts.

      June 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • MaryM

        Jaybob,

        I agree. We cannot allow the persecution of innocent civilians at the hands of monsters.

        June 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  28. LLBD

    Yes, Taliban are cowards. Yes, this is a good reason for eliminating the Taliban. Its sad that the members (men) feel justified to harming girls. Its even sadder that they feel threatened by women's existence. If these so called religion protectors believe God made man and woman, then God first made man, then made Woman, as a GIFT to men. Men should respect the gift given to them by God.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • HDCaesar

      The Taliban consider women not as a gift – but as a possession to be done with as they please.

      June 24, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Whocares

    These are the same people that wanted the Taliban around to help protect them from the big bad Americans. Well, you got what you wanted. Enjoy!

    June 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • erroronline

      I agree Though I think its so sad that the children have to suffer, the asfghan people stood with the taliban "brothers" back when, when they could have helped us eradicate them. Now the taliban hass grown and have gotten a real foothold in the country. the people are geting what they bought.Their 'peaceful' religious leaders are exerting the power that they gave them now.They are reaping what they have sown now.

      July 4, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  30. page21

    Taliban = cowards.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  31. nelia

    This is infuriating... women are treated like dirt there, when will it change?

    June 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShiftyP.

      No time soon Nelia, no time soon.

      July 2, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  32. torben09

    Another good reason for eradicating these psycho-Taliban

    June 24, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • mindy1

      AMEN

      June 24, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • John C

      Not to sound rude but, isn't Afghanistan one of the few nations in the world that is 100% (or close to 100%) Muslim?

      Is this the end result? They say once Islamification is complete, the Islamists will then start to persecute their own moderates.

      July 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |