Bannu explosion: Militants blow up girls high school

Published: October 27, 2013
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Government-run girls primary school in Shalpin village burned down in Khawazakhela tehsil, Swat. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Government-run girls primary school in Shalpin village burned down in Khawazakhela tehsil, Swat. PHOTO: EXPRESS

MINGORA: 

A government-run girls high school was partially destroyed when a bomb planted along its boundary wall exploded on Saturday in Howaid, Bannu.

According to Howaid police official Gul Rauf Khan, the incident occurred at around 2am. He said a loud explosion was heard on the outskirts, adding police along with Frontier Constabulary officials visited the site and reported unidentified militants had detonated a bomb at a girls school.

“In the morning, bomb disposal squad official Wasal Khan visited the area and reported an eight kilogramme bomb had been planted near the main gate, which exploded and destroyed the boundary wall, main gate and window panes,” said Khan.

A case was filed against unidentified militants.

School burns down in Swat

Meanwhile, a government-run girls primary school in Shalpin village burned down in Khawazakhela tehsil, Swat late Friday night.

Khawazakhela DSP Muzakir Shah said, “The school’s guard Raham Kabeer filed a case with the police stating unidentified militants had torched the building. Police along with the security forces launched a search operation in the surrounding area.”

Shah further said the guard was also under investigation as he was present at the site at the time of the incident.

Initial investigations revealed the building caught fire due to an electric short-circuit. The spokesperson for the district police officer said Kabeer admitted during interrogation that a short-circuit caused the fire and in order to save his job he told police unidentified militants torched the school.

An FIR was registered against the guard and further investigations are underway.

According to locals, the government school was the only one in the area which served hundreds of girls and now it was nearly destroyed.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 27th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Waar
    Oct 27, 2013 - 3:03AM

    RAW is behind this……….

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  • Citizen Kane
    Oct 27, 2013 - 5:34AM

    Revenge for drones?

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  • csmann
    Oct 27, 2013 - 6:17PM

    What less can be expected of these low-life louts. Malala has been vilified by their apologists,supporters and cyber-Taliban;but the proof is in the pudding;day in and day out,schools,mostly girls’ are being blown up with a clear message that girls won’t be allowed education under the barrel of the gun.And if a little girl was to confront them,they shot her in the brain. Luckily survived, she is bringing out the barbarity of these animals to the fore,and letting the see their real face-not the face of those who consider them heroes/victims(with guns and rockets)).Cyber-Taliban can do as much as they wan’t,truth will prevail.Malala will be vindicated in the end-her real nobel prize.Taliban/A;-qida qill be thrown into the dustbin of history and incinerated.

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