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As many as 20 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned in northern Takhar province on Saturday morning, local officials said.

The students from Bashir Abad school were poisoned in Taloqan the capital of Takhar and sent to local hospitals, provincial governor's spokesman Mustafa Rasuli said.

The girls are aged between 7 and 18. Police have started investigation about the incident, he said.

In the past seven weeks; there have been six suspected cases of poisonings in Takhar schools.

It comes as recently Afghan lawmakers blamed poor security for not preventing such incidents.

MPs warned that if more was not done by Afghan security forces to address such problems, the insurgents - linked to Pakistan - will succeed in their goals to worsen the situation in Afghanistan.

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