Poison gas used on school children in Kabul

Three teachers and 22 schoolchildren in Kabul, Afghanistan, fell ill and were hospitalized on Tuesday following what Afghan official say is yet another poison gas attack on a girls' school, Reuters reports.

Officials say the Taliban is responsible for the suspected attack, though the organization has denounced the attack and three other similar poison gas attacks that have happened in recent weeks, according to the report. The most recent gassing is the first to happen in the country's capital.

What type of toxin was used in the attack remains unidentified, but the substance caused the victims to fall unconscious, according to a Reuters report.

“I wanted to scream so hard and I felt like someone was choking me, moments after I smelt the gas,” Lailima, a 17-year-old student at the Durkhanai Girls School in western Kabul, told Reuters. “I want to finish my education with my family’s permission, but I want the government to protect us.”

Education Ministry spokesman Asif Nang told Reuters that the sickened teens and teachers have all been released from the hospital since the attack. “It could be the work of insurgents or any other group who want to disrupt the process of educating girls,” he told Reuters.

When the Taliban was in power from 1996 to 2001, education was banned for girls, Reuters reports.