At least eight Afghan police officers have been poisoned in Afghanistan’s central-eastern province of Ghazni, Press TV reports. Local officials have confirmed the incident which took place in the Andar District of the region on Tuesday. Afghan police authorities say the poisoned officers have been transferred to a local hospital.
Meanwhile, Taliban have claimed responsibility for the poisoning, saying two of the police officers have been killed and six others have gone into a coma.The incident is considered the latest in similar poisoning incidents in the war-torn country. On January 8, a total of 250 Afghan police officers were poisoned in a police station in Afghanistan's northern province of Balkh. Also on June 25, 2012, some 76 Afghan policemen were poisoned in a police academy in Lashkargah city in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand. Earlier in the same month, at least 116 students, mostly girls, were poisoned at the Hazrat Imam Zada Yahya high school in the northern province of Sar-e-Pol. The school girls showed symptoms of exposure to toxic gas, including headache and nausea. Security situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate despite the presence of tens of thousands of US-led forces in the country. AZA/TNP/JR