Terrorism: Militants blow up another school in FATA

Published: December 24, 2011
A view of a middle school destroyed by militants in Landi Kotal on Friday. PHOTO: REUTERS

A view of a middle school destroyed by militants in Landi Kotal on Friday. PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Mard-e-Haq
    Dec 24, 2011 - 10:56AM

    Another day, another school goes up in smoke. Wonder if international development aid is poured into sub-standard “schools” and later blown up to cover corruption?


  • Harry Stone
    Dec 24, 2011 - 11:18AM

    Where are the protectors of national security?


  • MarkH
    Dec 24, 2011 - 3:29PM

    @Harry Stone:
    Probably examining a memo to the microscopic level claiming the meaning of life is in there somewhere.


  • stevenson
    Dec 26, 2011 - 7:16AM

    Talk about cowardly – all the foreign agents can do is attack schools for children! It sounds like the Pakistani military is limiting their options so they need to attack civilians and schools!Recommend

  • Aarvey
    Jan 10, 2012 - 11:48AM

    Now that the Americans have gone and all cooperation put in cold storage,it doesn’t take any second guessing what these bearded barbarians want. They want the soul of Pakistan. And the Pakistani public in general are looking elsewhere. At this rate they can kiss the country goodbye. And also understand that there was another bomb blast today in Pakistan.


    Jan 10, 2012 - 1:16PM

    So,mossad doing the right job and sending a message to the people of Pakistan that its your war…Let us join, this 9/11 fraud..O yeeeeeeee!Let us have a drone attack too…Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2012 - 12:06AM

    The sad truth is that this is not the first time a school has been destroyed by the militants in the region. The number of schools destroyed is well into thousands, and it’s frightening to think that these terrorist do not even hesitate when it comes to little school going children. Therefore, we cannot afford to indulge in conspiracy theories and blame “foreign agents” especially when the truth continues to present itself over and over. Dear readers, please click on this link below and see how the US is in fact promoting education in Pakistan through various projects.


    On the other hand, these terrorists are fully focused on destabilizing the region and an attack on schools only gives us a glimpse of their evil mentality. For that reason, our alliance in the WOT becomes that much more important, and the need to eliminate the threat that continues to linger over the region holds the utmost importance. We are confident of getting back on track and shifting our focus back to achieving our common goals in the region. The past proves our resilience against terrorism, and our ability to work together and achieve great success. We are grateful that no children were hurt in this horrendous act of crime. We fully support Pakistan in its mission against these militants and wish to see the region free and clear of these acts of terror.


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