LANDI KOTAL: A middle school of the Bacha Khan Foundation was blown up by militants in Khuga Khel on Thursday night. Fortunately, no casualties were reported.
According to reports, the school had been targeted with explosive material last year.
Inqelab Khan, the school’s watchman, told media persons that he was on duty with two other watchmen when armed men entered the school building and held them hostage.
He said they planted explosive devices in classrooms, which caused a huge blast, completely destroying seven classrooms and partially damaging the remaining part of the building.
The blast also broke the windows of houses in the neighbourhood, causing widespread panic among people.
Soon after the incident, the Khasadar force rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area for investigations.
However, investigators are already facing an unusual hindrance, as locals have expressed reservations on the use of sniffer dogs in the investigation, as they do not trust the reliability of the ‘un-Islamic’ animal in the process.
The political administration has held a watchman and his son for investigation and a sniffer dog was brought in to help trace the culprits. The Khasadar force has also arrested two suspects in a raid at Shakas, Jamrud, according to locals.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 24th, 2011.