Dozens of schoolgirls have been hospitalized after falling ill at school in western Herat province, an official said on Monday.

The students belong to a private school located in the Jibrail locality of Herat city.

Herat Regional Hospital sources say 126 schoolgirls and their instructors were brought into the hospital this morning.

Mohammad Rafiq Shirzai, spokesman for the hospital said that doctors are taking special care of the patients.

The real cause behind the incident is unknown but Police have begun an investigation in to this regard.

This happens about a month and a half after 45 schoolgirls were poisoned in another part of Herat city.