PADKHWAI RAGHANI, Afghanistan - Armed men broke into a girls' school south of the Afghan capital and set it on fire, the latest attack on education
for girls in the conservative country, officials said Thursday.
The children burst into tears when they saw their school destroyed, principal Zaher Din said.
"The children are desperate for their classes to resume," he said.
The assailants tied up two school guards Tuesday night, beat them and then doused the small building and two classroom tents with gasoline, said Khan
Mohammed, police chief in Logar province.
Interior Ministry spokesman Latfullah Mashal blamed Taliban militants, saying the "burning of schools and education institutions is an agenda of the
There has been a spate of attacks on girls' schools across Afghanistan since U.S.-led forces ousted the Taliban in 2001. The former regime
prohibited girls from attending school as part of its widely criticized drive to establish what it considered a "pure" Islamic state.
Hundreds of thousands of girls have returned to school since the Taliban's ouster, but opposition remains in conservative areas of rural
"Why did they only burn the girls' school? Why not the boys' school next door?" asked a 12-year-old student who only gave her first name, Farida.
"The police must protect us. We want to be able to study."
, the defenders of Islam wants to make it really "pure". i guess in their view of Islam, it means making sure women are stupid and very
submissive but then Islam means submission to God, but then to the Islamic fundamentalists it means women must be submissive to God and to men.