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.


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

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