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Mon Jul 2, 2012 3:0PM
Local Pakistanis gather outside a girls’ school after a bomb attack on the outskirts of Mardan town in troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on November 22, 2011.

Local Pakistanis gather outside a girls’ school after a bomb attack on the outskirts of Mardan town in troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on November 22, 2011.

Unidentified militants have blown up a state-run school in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Press TV reports. According to local officials, the militants destroyed the school in the town of Swabi on Monday morning As a result of the blasts, the school building was partially damaged. However, no human loss was reported in the incident. Security forces have cordoned off the area and launched an investigation into the blast. Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants are the main suspects of such incidents. Repeated attacks on schools in the area have put the academic future of students at risk as thousands of students have been deprived of education. The TTP has warned Pakistani parents in the region against sending their children, specially their daughters, to school, describing education as “unnecessary” or “harmful” for girls. Official statistics show that hundreds of schools have been destroyed by militants in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province since the US-led invasion in neighboring Afghanistan. MS/TNP/JR