Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Taliban killed the director of a college educated Afghan girls

The Taliban have killed the director of a girls' school had ignored Afghan death threats from Islamic militias that was required to stop providing education to girls, according to official sources said Wednesday. Jan Mohmmad, director Porak female school in Logar province (an hour's drive from Kabul), was killed on Tuesday near his home, said a provincial government spokesman, Deen Mohammad Darwish.

"He was killed because he wanted to run the school," said Darwish. The head of education in Logar, Mateen Jafar, said that Mohammad had received several death threats from the Taliban in which he was warned to stop teaching girls. The deceased's son was injured in the attack, said Jafar.

During the Taliban regime, between 1996 and 2001, female education was strictly prohibited. Since then there have been numerous attacks on students, teachers and schools. Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, women have regained some rights, including education and voting.

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