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Officials said more than 40 police officers have been poisoned in a police academy in southern Afghanistan.

Helmand's provincial government spokesman Dawood Ahmadi said the officers felt headaches and began vomiting after having breakfast in Lashkargah police academy on June 25.

He said they were taken to a military hospital where one of the officers was in critical condition, while the others were recovering.

Ahmadi said an investigation was underway to determine the cause.

The incident is considered the latest in similar incidents in northern and southeastern Afghan provinces where school girls were the main victims of poisoning.

Meanwhile, in the central province of Oruzgan, provincial government spokesman, Abdullah Emat, said a roadside bomb attack killed six police officers traveling in a vehicle through Chora district late on June 24.

Based on reporting by dpa, BBC Pashto, AFP, and AP

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