17 students injured in hand grenade attack in Afghan Faryab province

08:26, July 04, 2011      

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Seventeen students were injured on Sunday in a hand grenade attack on a school in Afghanistan's Faryab province, 425 km north of capital Kabul, interior ministry said in a statement.

"A terrorist on a motor bike hurled a hand grenade in front of entry gate of a boys' school named Ali Shirnawai, in third district of provincial capital Maimana city, at around 12:30 p.m. (local time) Sunday. As a result 17 students were injured," said the statement.

The statement said the attack occurred when the students were leaving the school building, adding that two students were in critical conditions.

"The injured students were taken by Afghan National Police to nearby hospital," the statement said, adding "police have arrested the gunman who was committed this action."

In two separate incidents, two schools were set ablaze in the country's eastern Nangarhar and Ghanzi province over the past week.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the militant group announced to launch spring offensive from May 1 against Afghan and NATO-led troops stationed in Afghanistan.

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