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Bomb Attack At Pakistani Girls School


BANNU, Pakistan – A bomb has exploded outside a girls school in the northwestern town of Bannu, wounding 14 people.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Nematullah Marwat told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal that the bombing on September 5 occurred as classes were letting out for the day.

The school is located in an area where there is a women’s market, but Marwat said it appeared the target was the school. Marwat said six of the people injured were students.

There have been attacks in Bannu and other areas nearby that targeted girls schools, but the incidents usually happened at night or on holidays when there was no one present.

Islamic militants in Bannu have stated they are against education for girls.
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