Taliban militants bombed a state-run school in the restive Mohmand tribal region in northwest Pakistan, the second such attack in the past four days, though there were no casualties in the incident, officials said today.
The Government Boys’ High School at Lakaro, located 40-km from Ghalanai, the main town in Mohmand Agency, was blown up by militants late last night.
The blast razed the building to the ground, officials of the local political administration said. The explosion was heard from several kilometres away.
On Saturday, militants destroyed another boys’ schoolat Q amardin village in the Agency.
Speaking with reporters on phone from an undisclosed location, local Taliban spokesman Ikramullah Mohmand accepted responsibility for the destruction of both schools.
"We accept responsibility for destroying the Government Boys’ High School in Lakaro, the Middle School in Qamardin, the Chamarkand School and health units in Michinai and Yaka Ghund areas," he said.
Ikramullah Mohmand said the militants are destroying government property because Umer Khalid, the Taliban chief in Mohmand Agency, had warned the government to stop military operations in the area.
The literacy ratio in the Agency is just two per cent.
The Pakistani military is conducting an offensive to flush out militants in the North West Frontier Province and adjoining tribal belt. The militants have launched a series of deadly attacks across the country in retaliation.