1. Damage Control

    Taliban Denies Role in Poison Attacks

     Afghan school girls receive first aid after inhaling some mysterious poisonous gas in Takhar, Afghanistan, 24 May 2012. Some 130 girls and three female teachers fell ill on 23 May after "poisonous gas" was released in their school in Taloqan city of Afghanistan, an official said. The incident took place in a girl's high school in Taloqan, the capital of Takhar province. It was the third such incident within a month.  EPA/NAQEEB AHMED /LANDOV

    Naqeeb Ahmed / EPA-Landov

    The Taliban on Sunday denied involvement in the poison attacks on the Bibi Haji School in Afghanistan, which sickened 125 people, including female teachers and young girls. Police said poisonous chemicals may have been sprayed in the classrooms. In the east of the country, two schools have been burned in the last month. Militants who are against education for women are believed to be behind the attacks; the Taliban outlawed education for women from 1996 to 2001. But a spokesman said that the Taliban “strongly condemn” the attacks “and promise that if we arrest the perpetrators of such actions and cases, we will give them punishments in line with Sharia.”

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