Taliban insurgents seize girls’ school in Pakistan

July 9th, 2008 - 12:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, July 9 (IANS) Taliban insurgents have occupied a girls’ school and a dispensary in Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal region bordering Afghanistan, IRNA news agency reported. An official said Taliban insurgents took control of the two buildings Tuesday in the Charmag area of Bajaur tribal region.

Earlier, Taliban insurgents had torched several girls’ schools in the region.

They also opposed the polio vaccination programme, claiming it affected the childbirth system, and announced conversion of the girls’ schools into religious seminaries, the report said.

Meanwhile, tribal elders have been sent to the region to persuade the insurgents to vacate the buildings, the official said.

On Sunday, Taliban announced setting up of Islamic courts to solve cases, and executed two men on charges of spying for the US, the report said.

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