No one was killed in the bombings in northwest Pakistan but the Taliban have successfully set education back a number of months in the region as they blew up four boys schools.
It really has started - the iron grip of the Taliban in Afghanistan that we saw before the War in Afghanistan, where the Taliban shut down the education of all Afghan kids, well...we are seeing a taste of that here in northwest Pakistan. I mentioned a number of weeks ago that in my view, the Taliban are going to do their best to cede a portion of northwest Pakistan to Afghanistan when they have regained control of that country in early 2015.
The story comes from DAWN.
Militants bomb four schools in Mohmand tribal region
PESHAWAR: Suspected Taliban militants bombed four boys’ schools in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt on Thursday, officials said, in the latest attack by militants on government educational institutions.
No one was injured in the pre-dawn blasts in Mohmand tribal district, where officials said Taliban attacks have now destroyed more than 100 schools.
“Militants from TTM (Tehrik-i-Taliban Mohmand) blew up the buildings of four schools at around 2:30 am,” an intelligence official in Mohmand told news agency AFP.
Liaqat Ali, a government official, confirmed the incident and told AFP that militants planted locally made explosives to dynamite the school buildings.
“All the four schools were completely destroyed, the number of schools destroyed in Mohmand is now more than 100,” Ali said.
Extremist militants opposed to co-education have destroyed hundreds of schools, mostly for girls, in northwest Pakistan in recent years.