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Girls’ school blown up in Peshawar

PESHAWAR/KOHAT: Suspected militants blew up a state-run high school for girls at Badhber on the suburbs of provincial metropolis on Friday night, police said.

An official of Badhber police station told Dawn that two powerful explosives were planted at different places in the school building. The devices went off late in the night, he added.

He said that at least four rooms of the school were blown up while some others developed cracks. He said that each of the locally made explosives weighed about one kilogram.

A resident of the area, wishing not to be named, said that despite improvement in law and order situation, schools were not safe in the area.

He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Deputy Speaker Khushdil Khan had directed police to depute community police to protect schools but to no avail.

He said that most of sabotage incidents were carried by militant organisation, Lashkar-i-Islam as its members could easily enter Peshawar from Bara via Frontier Road.

Meanwhile, security forces shelled alleged hideouts of militants in the Amay Kamay mountain between Darra Adamkhel of FR Kohat and Orakzai Agency on Saturday.

They claimed that several militants were killed and a number of hideouts destroyed in the attacks.

Security forces had earlier asked the residents of Bostikhel in Darra Adamkhel to vacate the area for combing operation, as rocket attacks were being launched on Kohat from this area while militants there easily escaped to Orakzai Agency after attacks. However, the idea was dropped for unknown reasons and the forces started simultaneous aerial attacks in the mountainous area to stop the movement of militants.

Source: Dawn

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