School in Pakistan's tribal district blown up

14:14, November 01, 2009      

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Militants Sunday blew up a girls school in Pakistan's lawless Khyber tribal district, destroying the building and wounding four people in neighboring homes, officials said.

The private Dawn TV quoted local administration officials as saying that two blasts ripped through the 18-room government high school for girls at the Kari Gar village and a boy who watched the premises is missing, possibly kidnapped by the militants.

On Saturday, North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Information Minister Mian Ifthikhar Hussain announced that all educational institutions in the province will reopen on Monday.

The minister told a press conference that the decision was based on reports submitted by the additional home secretary and commissioners of all districts.

Ifthikhar said that the government would ensure security at all costs. He said that the country was facing serious security risks and it would take time to finish the anti-terror war.

Two blasts on Oct. 20 on a university campus in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad forced the authorities shut schools across Pakistan for one week.

Nearly 200 schools were destroyed in the Swat valley of the NWFP alone during a two-year Taliban uprising to enforce sharia law in a district used to be a tourist resort.

Following up a similar offensive in Swat this summer, Pakistan has been fighting against homegrown militants in Khyber and pressing a major assault designed to crush Taliban sanctuaries in South Waziristan. 
Source: Xinhua
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