Taliban blow up school in Peshawar

The privately owned co-educational school located near Mathra village on the outskirts of the capital of the North West Frontier Province was blown up at 3.30 am, the police said. Two rooms and a verandah of the school building collapsed after the blast.

The school is situated on Warsak road, which connects Peshawar to Mohmand Agency. There are several private schools and colleges in the area.

Militants on December 14 had blown up a state-run girls school in Pakistan's restive Khyber tribal region, where security forces were conducting an operation against the banned Lashkar-e-Islam group.

Pro-Taliban militants have blown up hundreds of girls’ schools in Pakistan’s northwest, especially the restive Swat valley.

Educational institutes located on the outskirts of Peshawar are under constant threat from the Taliban militants, who claim girls’ and co-educational schools are "un-Islamic".
Educational institutes within city limits have also received threatening letters from Taliban commanders.

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