Kabul-Afghanistan (PMG):

Reporter: Follad Ahangaran

The Taliban reportedly set fire to a school the night before in the village of Qarloq in the Dasht-e-Archi of Kunduz. Sources in Kunduz say the high school in Dasht-e-Archi was set on fire by the Taliban when the group asked school officials to close the office. Sources said: “After the Taliban threatened us, we decided to continue the students’ lessons because we did not want to waste a year of their life, but the Taliban entered the school at night and burned all classes. Also, they have beaten the guard.”

Meanwhile, local officials in the Dasht-e-Archi, who do not want to be named, insist that one of the key Taliban strategies is to illiterate the local teenagers to continue their war. “Since extremist ideas are being replaced in the illiterate minds rather than literate people, the Taliban are trying to burn down and close schools in their areas of control,” says a local official in the Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz. “The mindsets keep going and it’s easier to recruit them.”

Meanwhile, Education Ministry officials say that at least three to four schools have been set on fire in the past month. Although its perpetrators have yet to be identified, security agencies believe that burning the schools is a fundamental task of the Taliban, and most of these cases occur in areas under the group’s control.

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