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15 May 2009

Why We Fight: Fear of gas attacks keeps Afghan girls from school

from The Associated Press by RAFIQ MAQBOOL and AMIR SHAH

Only a few dozen of about 570 female students attended class in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday after an apparent attack with poison gas sickened more than 80 girls this week.

It was the third apparent poisoning at a girls school in about two weeks. No one has claimed responsibility for the poisonings, but Education Ministry officials say they believe it is a series of poison gas attacks by militants who want to keep girls home from school.

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