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Suspected militants blow up all-girls’ college in Pakistan

Suspected militants blow up all-girls’ college in Pakistan


Suspected militants blew up a college for women in a former stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban within the nation’s unstable northwest, badly damaging the construction however nobody was harmed within the in a single day assault, an area police official stated Thursday.

The assault occurred Wednesday evening on the one college for women in Shawa, a city within the North Waziristan district within the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan, native police chief Amjad Wazir stated.

He stated the attackers used an explosive machine to destroy the personal Aafia Islamic Ladies Mannequin Faculty, the place 150 women studied. Wazir stated the college guard was overwhelmed up by the insurgents, who then fled the scene.

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There was no speedy declare for the assault, however suspicion was more likely to fall on Islamic militants who’ve usually focused women’ faculties within the province in recent times as they believed girls shouldn’t be educated.

A big Pakistani flag is draped over the aspect of a constructing, Lahore, Pakistan, August 12, 2022. (ARIF ALI/AFP through Getty Photographs)

On Thursday, the United Nations Kids’s Fund, UNICEF, strongly condemned the assault, calling it a “despicable and cowardly act that might jeopardize the way forward for many younger and gifted women.”

In a press release, Abdullah Fadil, the UNICEF consultant in Pakistan, stated the “destruction of a women’ college in a distant and underserved space is a heinous crime detrimental to nationwide progress.”

He pointed to a press release by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday, declaring an schooling emergency and pledging to work in the direction of enrolling 26 million out-of-school kids.

Pakistan witnessed a number of assaults on women’ faculties till 2019 particularly within the northwestern Swat Valley and elsewhere within the northwest the place Pakistani Taliban for years managed the previous tribal areas. In 2012, the insurgents attacked Malala Yousafzai, a teenaged pupil and advocate for the schooling of ladies who went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

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The Pakistani Taliban, who’re often known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP, have been evicted from Swat and different areas in recent times. TTP is a separate group however an ally of the Afghan Taliban, who seized energy in Afghanistan in 2021.

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