Two state-run schools blown up by militants in Pak

Pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan have blown up two newly-built state-run schools in the suburban areas of Peshawar, officials said Friday.

Updated: Oct 08, 2010, 16:21 PM IST

Peshawar: Pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan
have blown up two newly-built state-run schools in the suburban areas of Peshawar, officials said Friday.

The militants destroyed a government-run boys` school in
Shaikhan village and a girls` primary school in Mashokhel
late last night.

There were no casualties as the schools were empty at the
time of the blasts, the officials said.

A local resident said he had heard three explosions.
Both schools were recently constructed and classes were
yet to start in them.
The destruction of schools in the suburbs of Peshawar,
the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, by militants has
registered a significant increase in the past few weeks.

The Taliban have banned the education of girls in
northwest Pakistan.
In the past few years, militants have destroyed hundreds
of schools, especially in the restive Swat valley and the
adjoining tribal belt.

PTI