Equal-opportunity enforced ignorance. “Pakistan: Militants blow up boy’s school in northwest,” from AdnKronos International, January 18:
Landi Kotal, 18 Jan. (AKI) – Militants on Monday blew up a government primary school for boys in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber tribal region, Pakistani media reported. The militants planted two powerful bombs which exploded simultaneously, destroying the school. No casualties were reported.
Security forces and political administration officials cordoned off the area after the attack, which local officials blamed on the militant group Lashkar-e-Islam (Army of Islam).
Lashkar-e-Islam is the main extremist group operating in Khyber, which has some ideological ties to the Pakistani Taliban.
So far, militants have destroyed more than 15 schools in Khyber agency.
Also on Monday, four militants were killed in an armed clash with Pakistani security forces in the District Char Bagh of North West Frontier Province’s troubled Swat district.
The Pakistani army says at least 2,150 militants were killed in Swat – a Taliban stronghold – and neighbouring Buner and Lower Dir districts in an offensive there between April and July last year.
The army claimed to have wiped out most of the insurgent stronholds during the three-month operation.