The police have arrested a key suspect allegedly involved in the attacks on schools in Diamer, the spokesman for Gilgit Baltistan government said on Saturday.
The police raided a house in Tangir area and arrested a suspect after an exchange of fire with the militants.
A police constable, identified as Arif Hussain, was killed and three policemen were injured during the raid.
The injured were taken to Diamer’s DHQ hospital.
At least 12 people have been arrested since yesterday in connection with the attacks on schools.
According to police, 12 schools – eight girls and four boys schools – were attacked by bombs and set on fire overnight in Diamer.
The attackers had also tried to break into an army-run school, but had been stopped by guards, a local resident Ghayas Ali told Reuters. “People heard heavy explosion.”
No casualties were reported.
“You know well who is doing these types of acts and what their motives are,” the officer told Reuters by phone. He said the residents had a history of opposing girl education, but the government recently helped build girls’ schools there.
Prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan condemned the “shocking” attacks on schools.
“This is unacceptable (and) we will ensure security for schools as we are committed to focusing on education,” tweeted Khan.
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has also condemned the attacks and said that “the extremists have shown what frightens them most – a girl with a book.”
“We must rebuild these schools immediately, get the students back into their classrooms and show the world that every girl and boy has the right to learn,” she tweeted.