KARACHI/ISLAMABAD– The officials reported on Friday, “Twelve schools, half of them all-girls’, have been burnt down by unidentified militants in coordinated attacks in Pakistan’s restive Gilgit-Baltistan, triggering protest by local residents who sought safety for educational institutions which are often attacked by terrorists”.
Superintendent of Police, Diamer Roy Ajmal told media that 12 schools, half of them girls’ school, were targeted by rebels who fled after the attack. Following the attacks, local residents staged a protest at Siddique Akbar Chowk demanding the arrest of culprits and seeking safety for educational institutes which are often targeted by the militants. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
“Police have launched probe and security forces are searching for the culprits in the area,” he said. The schools in Chilas town, about 130-kilometer from Gilgit, were targeted late on Thursday night by the militants who set them on fire and damaged school property across Diamer district, police said.
Girls’ schools are often attacked in the northern areas of Pakistan. In December 2011, at least two girls’ schools were partially damaged in low-intensity explosions in Chilas. However, the Taliban militants have attacked hundreds of schools in north-western Pakistan in the past.
Officials also said, “some of the schools attacked by the miscreants were still under construction. Commissioner Diamer region Abdul Waheed Shah said no proof of a bomb attack on any school had been found so far”.