Nine 'militants' arrested for burning down Diamer schools

Police official killed in shootout with assailants, authorities say

Correspondent Rm 17 August 04, 2018
Back on August 3, at least 12 schools were set on fire by unidentified attackers late Thursday night in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Diamer district. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

PESHAWAR: Nine suspected militants involved in torching schools in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Diamer district were taken into custody by local police on Saturday.

During the operation in the Tangir area this morning, Arif Hussain, a police official, was killed in a shoot out with the culprits.

Two suspected militants were taken into custody from the house, sources say.

"We have managed to apprehend a total of nine suspects up till now,"  an official choosing to remain anonymous told The Express Tribune.

The official privy to the details said that the 'militants' are a part of a wider nexus with links to another province.

12 schools in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Diamer district burnt down

He, however, refused to comment any further as an investigation into the incident is still under way.

Back on August 3, at least 12 schools were set on fire by unidentified attackers late Thursday night in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Diamer district.

Initial reports revealed that at least six school were all girls educational institutes situated in Diamer’s Chilas area.

The school attacked include Royini Girls School, Takya Girls School, one school each in Hodur and Thor neighbourhoods and three all-girl schools in Darel division, Giyal village and Khanbanri. Another two schools were torched in Gali Bala and Gali Payen.

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Malangi | 1 year ago | Reply | Recommend The area of Darel Tangir of GB borders KPK tribal areas they are very rigid & backward socially, they all even children carry arms with them all the time and as per news if cross firing has started then Gvt must handle the issue very carefully other wise the whole region will start shooting at government officials for no reason and things will go out of control because no one has ever entered the territory. One more thing this is the area where the Diamer Bhasa Dam is located and Gvt may also be wanted to clear the area in future prospect.
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