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Militants Blow Up School in Northwest Pakistan

By VOA News
22 September 2009

Police in northwest Pakistan say suspected Taliban militants have blown up a primary school that educated girls.

Officials say there were no casualties in Tuesday's blast because the school was closed for the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Al-Qaida and Taliban-linked militants who oppose the education of women have destroyed hundreds of girls schools across the country.

On Monday, police killed a suicide bomber trying to assassinate a regional education minister, also in the northwest.

In other violence, Pakistani security forces say they have arrested 11 suspected militants, including three Afghanis, during security operations in Malakand and Swat districts.

In a statement released Tuesday, officials say they also found four inter-linked tunnels and bomb-proof bunkers during a separate search operation near Swat's Biakand area.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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