KHYBER AGENCY: A girls school has been destroyed in Barra on Tuesday.
Sources told SAMAA that terrorists destroyed a girls school in tehsil Barra's area, Malik Deen Khel. The school building destroyed completely.
AGENCIES ADD: Taliban militants blew up a girls' school in Pakistan's Khyber district on Tuesday, the third such attack in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan so far this month, officials said.
An intelligence official in the area said Taliban attacked the government-run school overnight when no one was at the property.
“The girls' middle school was badly damaged because of the explosion, now the school building is almost out of use. The classrooms, desks and chairs were also damaged,” Farooq Khan, a local administrative official told AFP.
The incident took place at Yousaf Kely village near Bara town, around 20 kilometres (13 miles) south of Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province which has been hit by five suicide attacks in the last eight days.
Islamist militants have destroyed hundreds of schools, mostly for girls, in the northwest of the country in recent years.
Nearly 200 schools were destroyed in the Swat valley alone during a two-year Taliban uprising to enforce sharia law in a district once favoured by Western tourists for its ski slopes and mountain air.
Following up a similar offensive in Swat this summer, Pakistan has been fighting against homegrown militants in Khyber and pressing a major assault designed to crush Taliban sanctuaries in South Waziristan.
Authorities last month shut schools across Pakistan following a suicide attack on a university campus in Islamabad, although most have since reopened.
TERRORISTS DESTROY GIRLS SCHOOL IN KHYBER
Terrorists destroyed schools building late Saturday (November 01) night where four persons also injured in Khyber Agency.
Sources told SAMAA that terrorists made hostage the watchman of the government girls high school in Karighar Garrhi, Barra and fixed explosive material with it. The build was then destroyed. The schools destroyed completely injuring four men.
Political sources also informed SAMAA that terrorists also destroyed the office of the local counciler in Jamrood but no report of any damage has been reported so far.
60% SCHOOLS OF SWAT DESTROYED
A government report on July 24, 2009 reveals that around 60 percent of schools in Swat have been destroyed by militants over the past two years.
According to the report, militants forcefully shut down 4,000 private schools and have either blasted or set on fire 230 schools, including 112 girls’ schools, in the region. Moreover, around 87 schools, including 45 girls’ schools, have been partially damaged and the total monetary damage comes to billions of rupees.
The report highlighted the fact that approximately 1,20,000 students have been forced to discontinue their studies due to the conflict. SAMAA/AGENCIES