TALUQAN, Afghanistan, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Unknown armed men set ablaze a school in Taluqan city, the capital of northern Takhar province on Thursday, said a local official on the condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, provincial police spokesman Abdul Khalil Asir confirmed the incident to Xinhua, said "the second floor of Abu Osman Taluqani school was completely burned due to unknown reason at 03:30 a.m. local time today."
Asir also said that investigation had been initiated to determine the reason for the incident.
Three other schools have been set on fire in Takhar province over the past couple of years. The locals and officials have blamed Taliban militants for burning the schools.
The armed group, which outlawed schools for girls and modern education for boys during its six-year reign, collapsed in 2001. It has rejected its involvement in the school burning.