12 Girls Die in Stampede During Afghan Quake

At least 30 other schoolgirls were injured in Afghanistan's Takhar province
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2015 8:14 AM CDT
Afghan schoolgirls are treated at a hospital after an earthquake in Takhar province, northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday.   (AP Photo/Zalmai Ashna)

(Newser) – The massive earthquake that shook South Asia Monday created a second tragedy in the Takhar province of Afghanistan when 12 schoolgirls rushing to escape the building they were in died in the ensuing stampede, AFP reports. Between 30 and 40 other girls were injured and taken to local hospitals, media sources report. The victims are all girls between the ages of 6 and 16, a spokesman for the Takhar provincial governor says, per the New York Times. Meanwhile, more students were injured in Baghlan province, where a high school collapsed in the city of Pul-i-Kumri, injuring 12, per the Times. (Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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