140 Afghan women poisoned at a girls school

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More than 140 girls and female teachers were hospitalized after drinking poisoned water at their school in the Takhar province of Afghanistan, CNN reported.

Dr. Hafizullah Safi, the provincial health director, said victims ranging from 14 to 30 were taken to a nearby hospital after their school's water tank was poisoned.

Officials are blaming extremists that are working to stop women's education in Afghanistan.

Some victims lost consciousness while others reported feeling dizzy and vomiting.

A few of the women and school girls remain in the hospital in critical condition, The Guardian reported.

Although attacks on women are less common since the 2001 toppling of the Taliban government, periodic attacks on schools still happen.

Many of these attacks happen in the southern half of Afghanistan where conservative ideals still remain common.

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