Bomb wounds 11 outside girls' school in Bannu
06 September, 2013
PESHAWAR: A bomb wounded 11 people, mostly children, when it exploded outside a girls' school on Thursday, a doctor said.
The bomb went off at the end of the school day as pupils walked into a street lined with fabric shops in the town of Bannu, which has been a flashpoint for militancy. Doctor Omar Zeb told AFP that 11 people had been brought to the local hospital – seven primary schoolgirls and four other people who had been in the street. Police official Azad Khan told AFP that at least four girls, two boys and a man had been wounded. Three of them are in serious condition he said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but militants frequently attack girls' schools, usually when the buildings are empty in the evening or during the holidays. Last October the Taliban shot schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai in the head in the Swat valley. She has largely recovered and now lives in England, where she is enrolled at a private school and has become a global icon for children campaigning for the right to an education.
Separately, unidentified gunmen on a motorbike fired on Thursday at a NATO supply truck in Peshawar and wounded two people, police said. The attack took place near Karkhano market on the edge of Peshawar and close to the Khyber tribal district where militants are active. "Two people were wounded in firing on a NATO truck which was carrying military vehicles from Afghanistan to Karachi," local police official Daud Khan told AFP.