June 26th, 2009 - 12:29 pm ICT by ANI Thaindian News
Peshawar, June 25 (ANI): In what may be seen as a show of defiance against the military which has launched a major offensive against the Tehreek-e-Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud in the region, the Taliban has blown up a girls’ school in South Waziristan.
The incident took place in Shin Warsak town situated about 13 kilometres away from Wana, the capital of South Waziristan, The Nation reports.
Sources said the blast was so powerful that is destroyed the school building completely.
“A girls’ high school was blown up in Shin Warsak town, 13 kilometres west of Wana, the main town in South Waziristan’s tribal region,” said local government official, Allah Bagh Khan.
Khan confirmed that there was no casualty in the incident.
This was the third such attack on a school building in less than a week. The extremists had destroyed two other schools, one in Peshawar and other in Bajaur earlier this week.
The Taliban has destroyed over 200 girls’ schools in the Swat Valley, and bombed at least 100 in the troubled northwest tribal region of the country. (ANI)
Article from: The Hindustan Times Article date: December 27, 2006
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Peshawar, Dec 27 -- Assailants allegedly belonging to the local Taliban bombed a girls school in Peshawar in a warning to the students to wear veils. Though no casualties were reported, the blast damaged the school's windowpanes.
The militants left Urdu pamphlets at the school threatening further attacks if the students did not wear veils. "Be veiled, otherwise we will bomb you again," the Daily Times quoted the militants assaying.
The incident occurred on Monday morning in Noor Ali village in Darra Adam Khel.
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Taliban bomb Pakistan schools in attack on girls' education
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Militants - who have blown up or burned down more than 170 schools in their campaign - had ordered all girls' schools in the area closed by Jan. 15.
The school attacks are a throwback to conditions in Afghanistan under Taliban rule, when education for girls was banned and most women were forced to stay home.
The attacks early Monday came hours after government spokeswoman Sherry Rehman vowed that all schools in the area would reopen by the end of the school holidays in March.
Schools in the Swat valley, including some 1,600 government-run establishments with a quarter-million students, are closed for the winter vacation until the end of next month.
An association representing 400 private schools for boys and girls in the valley said last week that all of its schools would remain closed after the winter break because of the threat from militants.
A permanent shutdown would threaten education for tens of thousands of students, especially girls.
Dilawar Khan Bangash, the police chief in the troubled valley, said it wasn't immediately clear if yesterday's attacks were a direct response to the government's recent pledge, but militants appear to be targeting schools indiscriminately in a bid to prevent them from reopening.
The attacks destroyed three schools for boys and two for girls, Bangash said.
The Swat valley was a major tourist attraction before militants began their anti-government campaign there more than a year ago. The valley lies close to the tribally governed belt along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan where the West worries Al Qaeda leaders have found refuge.
Residents complain that the valley's local administration, including the police force, has collapsed over recent months as officials and lawmakers flee in fear.
Relief workers say thousands of residents have also moved out of militant-held areas.