Afghans Bust Schoolgirl Acid Attackers

Assault was 'work of the Taliban': minister
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 25, 2008 8:00 AM CST
Shamsia Husainai, 17, rests on a hospital bed while Masuma, center, speaks with Afghan Education Minister Farooq Wardak in Kabul after an acid attack on her Wednesday in Kandahar, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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(Newser) – Afghan officials have nabbed 10 Taliban militants accused of throwing acid in the faces of eight schoolgirls and four female teachers, Reuters reports. President Hamid Karzai called for their arrest and said the group would be publicly executed. “The attack was the work of the Taliban and we have not finalized our investigation,” said a deputy minister. The Islamist group didn't allow girls to be educated while it held power in Afghanistan; members deny responsibility for the attacks.