If the books agree with the Koran, they are superfluous. If they disagree with it, they are heretical. “Taliban dynamite schools in NW Pakistan: official,” from AFP, December 9 (thanks to James):
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – Taliban militants on Wednesday dynamited two boys’ schools in Pakistan’s Khyber district, where troops are pressing an offensive against Islamist insurgents, an official said.
The attacks took place in Bara town, about 20 kilometres (13 miles) south of the regional capital Peshawar, with most of the buildings reduced to rubble but no one injured in the blasts in the early hours of the morning….
“Both main school buildings were completely destroyed,” said Shafeerullah Wazir, the top administrative official of Khyber district, adding that only two classrooms remained standing in the adjacent schools.
Wazir said that militants buried large quantities of dynamite around the outer walls of the government-run high school and primary school.
“Both Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam people are involved in this act,” he said….
Islamist militants opposed to co-education 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 bracing mountain air….