Three Afghan girls in a group of eight walking to school in Kandahar City were seriously burned Wednesday when two men on a motorcycle threw acid on them.
Six of the eight were taken to hospital. Three were treated and released. Two girls who were wearing full-length burkas were not harmed.
Some of the girls wore a typical Afghan school uniform — black pants, a white shirt, black coat and white head scarf.
Athifa Bibi, 14, said from her hospital bed that two men rode up to the girls and threw the acid while they were walking to school. Bibi had burns on her face, which was covered in medical cream.
"One guy squirted acid from a bottle on us," she said.
"Nobody warned us. Nobody threatened us. We dont have any enemies," she said, adding that she is now afraid to go back to school.