Taliban militants blow up girls` school in Pak tribal belt

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 20:59

Peshawar: The Taliban on Wednesday blew up a girls`
school in Pakistan`s restive northwestern tribal region, a day
after it was reopened by authorities following its closure by
the militants two years ago.

The militants destroyed the girls` primary school in
Nawagai sub-district of Bajaur tribal agency, though no one
was hurt in the attack.
A local official said the Taliban had destroyed a total
of 72 state-run schools in the region bordering Afghanistan.

"Explosive materials were planted in the primary school
and they completely destroyed all rooms of the building," the
official said.

The school was reopened by authorities yesterday
following its closure by the militants two years ago.

Security forces conducted a search operation after the
attack and arrested five suspects.
The Taliban, who are opposed to girls` education, have
blown up or burnt hundreds of state-run schools in the Swat
valley and tribal belt.

Pakistan`s military is engaged in operations against the
militants across the northwest region, including the tribal
areas.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 20:59

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