Blast outside girls school in Mardan kills policeman

Published: November 22, 2011
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A boy stands with colleagues and family members of a policeman, who was injured by an explosion, at his bed-side after he was brought for treatment to a hospital in Mardan located in northwest Pakistan November 22, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

A boy stands with colleagues and family members of a policeman, who was injured by an explosion, at his bed-side after he was brought for treatment to a hospital in Mardan located in northwest Pakistan November 22, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

Residents gather at the site of a bomb explosion outside a girl's school in Mardan, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province November 22, 2011.  PHOTO: REUTERS A boy stands with colleagues and family members of a policeman, who was injured by an explosion, at his bed-side after he was brought for treatment to a hospital in Mardan located in northwest Pakistan November 22, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

PESHAWAR: A police constable was killed while eight others were injured when an IED blew off outside a Girls High School in Mardan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday. Three police officials were also injured in the incident.

The blast took place when the police reached the Parhoti Girls High School where locals reported a bomb placed in the heap of dirt piled outside the school.

“There was another Improvised Explosive Device (IED) hidden there,” said Sher Alam Shinwari, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mardan while speaking to The Express Tribune.

“It was a remote controlled bomb planted to target the police officials who came to diffuse the bomb,” said Shinwari.

The police constable who was killed in the incident was identified as Allahnawaz of the Rider Squad.

All eight injured were shifted to the District Headquarter (DHQ) Hospital where they were being treated. “No school going children were injured as it was well before the time the school starts when the incident occurred,” said the police.

Schools, colleges and other government installations have been consistently attacked by militants in the areas in and around Mardan. Police and security officials have arrested a number of suspected militants in raids in the last few weeks involved in destroying schools.

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  • Nov 23, 2011 - 10:09PM

    The sadistic murderers must be caught and stopped.

    Good job by the villagers for calling in the police.

    Prayers to the officers’ families, who were only trying to serve and protect the village and the school.

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