New government school blown up in South Waziristan

Published: February 20, 2016
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DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Militants blew up part of a newly constructed government school in South Waziristan late Friday night, a spokesperson for a wing of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said on Saturday, the latest in a string of attacks on educational institutions.

No one was hurt in the blast in Pakistan’s restive tribal belt, but 18 labourers working on the site were abducted, said Azam Tariq, a spokesperson for an arm of the TTP known as the “Sajna” group, which claimed responsibility for the attack.

He said the workers were released a short time later.

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“We have blown up the school because it was a government installation,” said Tariq, warning the group would continue to attack government targets.

Twenty people were killed and dozens wounded last month when militants launched an attack on Bacha Khan University in K-P, a little more than a year after Taliban gunmen massacred 134 students at the Army Public School in Peshawar.

The Peshawar school attack was seen as having hardened Pakistan’s resolve to fight militants along its border with Afghanistan.

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Officials in South Waziristan said the girls’ wing of the school in the Tehsil Tiarza area was damaged in Friday’s blast, as well as some heavy machinery being used for ongoing construction at the site.

In a separate incident in Mohmand tribal area to the north, security officials killed five militants during a clash near Mohmand Agency’s administrative headquarters on Saturday.

The militants were planning an attack in the area, a security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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A generation of Pakistani militants have used the tribal region to launch attacks on the Pakistani state and US-led forces in Afghanistan.

The Pakistani Taliban are fighting to topple the government and install a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

They are loosely allied with the Afghan Taliban who ruled most of Afghanistan until they were overthrown by US-backed military action in 2001.

Reader Comments (6)

  • Number1
    Feb 20, 2016 - 3:28PM

    “TTP are loosely allied with the Afghan Taliban” Is it true? Why not Pakistan Government push Afghan Taliban to stop TTP attacking at least Army run schools in Pakistan. Are the strategic goals to keep Mollas Jihadis so important that we can afford massacre of school & uni students?Recommend

  • SK
    Feb 20, 2016 - 4:38PM

    If Afganistan doesn’t arrest TTP and destroy their sanctuaries in their territories , then Pakistan should either ask America to do so or conduct an Entebbe style raid that Isreal conducted in the dark hours of night to rescue their hostages and kill captors.Pakistan army or ISI is perfectly capable to carry out such raids.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Feb 20, 2016 - 4:49PM

    Time to send in the F-16s and JF-17 and MI-35s. Let the Government show itself defending the innocent wishing to study and become part of the larger society.Recommend

  • KK
    Feb 20, 2016 - 5:25PM

    It is not a matter of “affording massacre of school & uni students”. These students are being offered martyrdom, and thereby getting entry to heaven, which many of them may not have been able to achieve specially after going through the institutions based on western education system.Recommend

  • curious2
    Feb 20, 2016 - 6:40PM

    A generation of Pakistani militants have used the tribal region to launch attacks on the Pakistani state and US-led forces in Afghanistan.
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    A generation is a long time … certainly longer than the two year recent offensive. I can’t help but wonder why such a delay and what Pakistan and the region might have looked like had it confronted more timely.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 20, 2016 - 11:34PM

    Letting Maulana Fazalullah ( radio ) go when you had him in your custody was a mistake…..how many such mistakes is this country supposed to endure ?Recommend

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