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Pakistani Taliban burn two more girls schools, blow up bridges

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Aug 2, IRNA

Pakistan-Violence

Pakistani Taliban on Saturday burnt two more girls schools and blew up two bridges in the country's violence-hit Swat valley in the northwest, police said.

The security forces have launched major operation against local Taliban in Swat this week after they killed three intelligence agents and kidnapped over 20 security personnel from a check post.

Taliban set the schools on fire late last night in Mingora, the center of Swat valley and Matta area, locals said.

They said the militants also blew up two bridges in Khwazakhela area.

A Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Around 61 girls schools have been burnt in Swat valley in less than two months by Taliban, who say they are against girls education, a high level meeting of government officials was told on Friday.

Officials said that upto 17,000 girls are deprived of education because of burning of their schools.

Gunship helicopters continued shelling of positions of suspected militants in Matta area on Saturday. There had been no report of casualty.

Police claimed arrest of several people during a search operation in Shakardara area.

Most of areas, considered to be stronghold of militants, are under curfew and there had been no relaxation in curfew on Saturday. They included Matta, Khwazakhela and Kabal. However the day time curfew was relaxed in Mingora.



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