Two girls’ schools burnt down in Pakistan

August 2nd, 2008 - 7:22 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Taliban

Islamabad, Aug 2 (IANS) Two girls’ schools were burnt down Saturday by Taliban militants in Pakistan’s northwestern Swat valley, IRNA news agency reported. The schools were located in the Mingora area of the province.

The militants also blew up two bridges in the Khwazakhela area of the valley.

Muslim Khan, a Taliban spokesman, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

In the last two months, Taliban militants have burnt down around 61 girls’ schools in the Swat valley, due to which some 17,000 girls are deprived of education, a police official said on condition of anonymity.

The security forces have launched a major operation against the Taliban militants in the valley.

Helicopter gunships continued shelling positions of suspected militants in Matta area of the province Saturday. The area is considered one of the strongholds of the militants.

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