Pakistan: Three schools come under attack in tribal areas

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HALANAI: Three schools were damaged in explosions in different tribal regions on Wednesday.

In the Mohmand Agency, a government-run school was damaged in a blast and teachers of another school received threats from suspected militants.

Residents and officials said some people had planted explosives at the Government High School in Subhan Khwar. The blast damaged the school's boundary wall.

The staff of the Government High School, Yakghund, received a threatening letter asking them to close the school, otherwise it would be blown up.

Meanwhile, five militants were killed and one security man was injured in a clash in Mohmand on Wednesday.

Sources said militants attacked security checkposts in Mamad Gat and Dowjangi areas of the Safi tehsil. The forces repulsed the attacks and killed five militants.

A jirga of Qasimkhel and Darodkhel sub-clans of the Taragzai tribe on Wednesday formed an 81-member peace committee in lower Mohmand. The jirga held in Ghalanai was attended by a large number of tribal elders.

Malak Khaista Gul was made chief of the peace committee. The elders of the sub-clans agreed to make joint efforts for maintaining peace in the region.

KHAR: A government-run school was damaged by rockets and two local people were injured in a landmine explosion in the Bajaur Agency on Wednesday.

Residents said unidentified people fired rockets on the Government Primary School for boys in Barani Kandaro early Wednesday morning, damaging the building.

Yasin Khan and Anwarzada were injured when a landmine planted by suspected militants on the Chilargam-Pashat road exploded near the Jabrarhi village in Salarzai, 30 kilometres from agency headquarters of Khar.

LANDI KOTAL: Militants blew up another girls' school in the remote Bazaar-Zakhakhel area of Landi Kotal tehsil.

Officials of the local political administration said masked militants had planted explosive material at the two-room Government Primary School and detonated it at midnight. The explosion destroyed most parts of the building.

MINGORA: Seven militants were killed and two houses were destroyed by security forces in different areas of the Swat valley on Wednesday.

Military sources said three militants, Khaista Bacha, Salman and Mehboob Khan, were killed in an exchange of fire with the forces in the Kokarai area on Mingora outskirts.

Four militants were killed in a clash with security forces in Behrain. They were identified as Ayaz, Naseeb Gul, Mohammad Azim and Ismail. Sources said a huge quantity of weapons was also seized by the forces.

Two militants, Osman and Darwaish, laid down arms and surrendered to security forces in the Koza Banda area of Kabal tehsil.

The forces blew up two houses of suspected militants in the Samai area and also arrested two other suspects.

PARACHINAR: Five militants were killed when their explosive-laden vehicle accidentally exploded in the Alisherzai area of the Kurram Agency on Wednesday.

An official told Dawn that militants were shifting explosives to an unknown location in central Kurram in the afternoon when the vehicle blew up.

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