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10 Taliban arrested in school girl acid attack

10 Taliban militants involved in an acid attack this month against 15 girls and teachers have been arrested.

world Updated: Nov 25, 2008 16:17 IST

An Afghan governor says that 10 Taliban militants involved in an acid attack this month against 15 girls and teachers have been arrested.

Kandahar Gov Rahmatullah Raufi says that "several" of the militants have confessed to taking part in the attack. He declined to say exactly how many confessed.

Raufi says that high-ranking Taliban fighters paid the 10 militants a total of USD 2,000 to carry out the attack.

The attackers squirted the acid from water bottles onto three groups of students and teachers walking to school in Kandahar city on Nov 12. Kandahar is the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban and is one of Afghanistan's most conservative regions.