Arsonists burned down an Afghan school for boys and girls in Kandahar early Sunday after another school was saved from the same fate in another part of the city.
A local education official, provincial education chief Hayabullah Rafiqi, blames both incidents on Islamic insurgents.
At least two school workers were rescued from the Qabail Primary School before it burned down Sunday. The education official says that attack came hours after gunmen tried to set fire to another school in Kandahar, but its guards scared away the suspected Taleban arsonists.
The Taleban is against educating women or sending them for work outside the house. There has been a spate of attacks on schools that accept girls across Afghanistan since U.S.- led forces ousted the Taleban in 2001.
Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.