As many as 100 female students are believed to have been poisoned in Afghanistan's northern Sar-e-Pul province on Saturday, a provincial health official said.
Head of Sar-e-Pul Public Health department Mohammad Amin Altin said the reason behind the poisoning at the Emam Yahya school is still unclear, but the scores of students admitted to hospital had a fever.
This comes as hundreds of students were poisoned in the last two months in Takhar, Khost and Nangarhar provinces, raising concerns among the families and the Afghan lawmakers for the future of education in the country.
Parliamentarians have called the poisoning of students a failure of Afghan security and intelligence officials and asked for immediate responses to such incidents, resulting in the capture of a several people, including a female Pakistani doctor who was accused of helping poison students. Recently, several students including teachers were also detained by Afghan security forces as suspects in carrying out the poisonings.