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Taliban kill two in attack on Afghan school

Taliban guerrillas attacked a high school in southern Afghanistan on Saturday killing a guard and a male teenage student, a witness said.
/ Source: Reuters

Taliban guerrillas attacked a high school in southern Afghanistan on Saturday killing a guard and a male teenage student, a witness said.

Two attackers arrived at the school in Lashkargah, the capital of the troubled southern province of Helmand, just before noon, said the witness, Sargar Mohammad.

“They shot the watchman and opened fire on some teachers but didn’t hit any, but they shot dead an 18-year-old student,” Mohammad said.

They then went out firing into the air and called on people to obey their orders to shut down schools, saying they would be killed if they did not.

Helmand police chief Abdul Rahman Sabir confirmed that Taliban gunmen had killed two people in their latest attack on a school.

On Thursday, suspected Taliban guerrillas dragged a teacher from a classroom of teenagers in another district of Helmand and executed him at the school gate after he ignored their orders to stop teaching girls, police said.

The fundamentalist Taliban banned education of girls during their years in power before being overthrown by U.S.-led forces in late 2001.

The guerrillas have carried out a series of attacks on schools since then, often burning them down at night.