Peshawar: 20 schools blown up in 2010
PESHAWAR: At least 20 schools, most of them for girls, have been blown up in different areas of the provincial metropolis in the year 2010.
Though government claims to have taken steps for protecting educational institutions, yet it has failed to prove the claim. Besides destruction of schools, a school bus was also attacked allegedly by militants.
No doubt, the number of subversive activities in urban areas has decreased as compared to the previous year but it seems that militants have focused on destruction of educational institutions.
A group of Taliban has claimed responsibility for attacks on schools and warned that they will continue to destroy educational institutions.
The Government Girls High School Badbher, which was destroyed in 2008, was perhaps the first casualty followed by blowing up of other schools in suburban villages of Peshawar.
Later some private schools at Warsak Road were also attacked and buses were put on fire.
Police claimed many times to have arrested gangsters involved in attacks on schools but militants continued to attacks schools.