Pakistani militants bomb school in tribal area

Last Updated: Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 18:35

Peshawar: Pro-Taliban militants bombed a state-run boys` school in Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt bordering Afghanistan on Saturday though there were no casualties, officials said.
Explosives planted at five spots destroyed nearly the whole school in Qamardin village in the troubled Mohmand tribal region, said a senior official of the local administration.

The school had 28 rooms and most of them were destroyed.

There were no casualties as the school was empty at the time of the attack, the official said.

Pakistan`s military is engaged in an offensive to flush out militants in the North West Frontier Province and the adjoining tribal belt.

The militants, in turn, have launched a series of deadly attacks in retaliation.

The militants, who are opposed to co-education, have destroyed hundreds of government schools, mostly for girls, in northwest Pakistan over the past three years.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 18:35

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