Taliban blow up girls’ school in Mohmand

Published: April 6, 2012
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The school was located in Safi area, where 46 institutes have been attacked by militants. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

The school was located in Safi area, where 46 institutes have been attacked by militants. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

GHALLANAI: Militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for blowing up a girls’ school in Safi sub-district of Mohmand Agency on Thursday night, officials said.

The two-room primary school was located in Malak Zargar Adeenkheel village.

A senior official of the agency’s political administration confirmed the incident, saying the veranda and one of the school’s rooms were completely destroyed. The other room was partially damaged.

According to a resident, the school was also housing furniture from a boys’ middle school that was bombed earlier. The attack reduced that furniture to rubble as well.

Safi is the most affected sub-district of the agency where 46 institutions have been destroyed in bombings. Other infrastructure is in a shambles and few job opportunities are available in the area.

Assistant Education Officer Dast Ali told The Express Tribune that about 220 tents are required to continue to temporarily run destroyed schools in the agency. “We have provided tents to two primary schools in Khwaizai and Baizai a few weeks ago,” he said.

Last week, Political Agent Adil Sadique has said that the administration is trying to seek assistance from foreign donors for reconstruction.

A recent report of the Fata education department stated that around 89 schools have been destroyed in the agency. The figure reached 91 following last week’s bombing of a newly-constructed primary school in Khwaizai and the one destroyed last night.

The report said that Rs436.5 million is required for the reconstruction of schools destroyed in the agency, of which Rs265.5 million is needed only for schools in Safi.

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  • Mir
    Apr 6, 2012 - 9:27PM

    taliban destroy schools because they are afraid that literate people will become aware of their evil agenda secondly they want the students out of school and in their madrassas to increase their manpower thirdly they want the property of school lastly they want to advance to areas by instilling fear local population and discouraging them to stand against them.

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  • A J Khan
    Apr 6, 2012 - 10:46PM

    Talbans are the enemies of Muslims.

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  • Salim Ansari
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:00AM

    Heros turn into villains. What guarantees do we have that JuD will not go the same way ? They have organisation – manpower – money – they can even replace the state.

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  • Tony C.
    Apr 7, 2012 - 7:49AM

    Just dreadful.

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  • typical paki
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:00AM

    tlibans are charity organisations just like LeT and JuD. give me the evidence that they are terrorists (not some fake news like this)

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  • zamanbn
    Apr 7, 2012 - 2:36PM

    Reminds me of a movie scene in movie Robocop when They blamed the murder of Kids on him and the reporter said “Do you actually belive this crap”?

    Taliban has nothing better to do then waste explosives on Girls Schools…We all know who did it…Somebody is waaaaaaay more interested in Pakistan then Taliban..Somebody who is actually paying money for supply routs that are closed, somebody who has drone attack policy and somebody who in future also wants a piece of Pakistan, becoz they will not leave them alone with all the nukes..

    But Go ahead, eat it up folks…Im Sure Fox news are alreadying reporting this 24/7…

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  • da man
    Apr 7, 2012 - 6:20PM

    Talibad are doing what they do best —- spread death and destruction in their wake.

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  • unbeliever
    Apr 7, 2012 - 7:09PM

    @zamanbn:
    just wait until they blow up your or your sister’s school so that she may no longer be able to study. then only you will come to know what these talibanese are upto. till then indulge in conspiracy theories, afterall it’s good for health, as they say ignorance is bliss

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  • malik
    Apr 7, 2012 - 7:29PM

    We can’t catch and convict these terrorists because …..all of you will then ask…WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE ?

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