A government-run girls primary school was destroyed when a bomb planted by unidentified militants near the boundary wall of the building went off in Fazal Wali Mandev, Bannu in the early hours of Saturday.
Khalid Khan, an official of the Miryan police station, said a loud explosion was heard around 3am. “Police rushed to the site and reported a girls primary school had been destroyed.”
Khalid added that in order to clear the building, police called in bomb disposal squad official Wasal Khan. Wasal said a high-intensity bomb had been planted next to the building’s main gate along the boundary wall. The explosion destroyed a portion of the wall, the main gate, windows, doors and some classrooms.
“If the device had been planted inside the building it would have been razed to the ground,” said Wasal, explaining 10 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the bomb. Police filed a case against unidentified militants and launched an investigation.
A number of schools have been destroyed in Bannu in the last three years and despite the district police claiming to have established the government’s writ, militants show their presence by destroying various government installations.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 7th, 2013.