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PESHAWAR/BANNU: A bomb wounded 11 people, mostly children, when it exploded outside a girls' school in Bannu on Thursday, a doctor said.

The bomb went off at the end of the school day as pupils walked into a street lined with fabric shops in the northwestern town of Bannu, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Doctor Omar Zeb told news agency AFP that 11 people had been brought to the local hospital – seven primary schoolgirls and four other people who had been in the street.

Police official Azad Khan told AFP that at least four girls, two boys and a man had been wounded. Three of them are in serious condition he said.

Meanwhile, a suspected militant was killed and another arrested by police during an overnight clash with residents in Bannu, DawnNews reported.

According to the police, residents of the area Haji Anwar Khel area spotted six suspicious men Wednesday night and asked them to stop. However, the suspected men opened fire on the area’s dwellers.

During an exchange of fire between the two sides, one suspect was killed whereas another was captured and handed over to the police. The remaining four suspects escaped from the site of incident.

Approximately three kilograms of explosive material was also recovered from the men. Police said the suspects were aged between 14 and 15 years. A case was lodged against the suspected militants at the local police station.

The northwestern town of Bannu, which stands at the gateway to the semiautonomous Waziristan tribal region, is 150 kilometres southwest of Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The town has witnessed a number of attacks and was the scene of a massive jail break in April 2012 during which 384 prisoners escaped from its central prison.

Nato truck attacked

In a separate incident on Thursday, unidentified gunmen on a motorbike fired Thursday at a Nato supply truck in the northwestern city of Peshawar and wounded two people, police said.

The attack took place near Karkhano market on the edge of Peshawar and close to the Khyber tribal district where extremist militants are said to be active.

“Two people were wounded in firing on a Nato truck which was carrying military vehicles from Afghanistan to the Pakistani port city of Karachi,” local police official Daud Khan told AFP.

The Khyber district straddles the Nato supply line used by US-led troops to evacuate military equipment ahead of their 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Comments (10) Closed

AHA Sep 05, 2013 04:55pm

Bombing of girls' school. We all know the reason. Just cannot talk about it.

Blazer_UK Sep 05, 2013 05:25pm

OK so pakistanis think Drone strikes are bad because they kill civilians but they say nothing when the taliban kill their sons and daughters. Irrepairable country. Pakistan wont be here come 2030.

US CENTCOM Sep 05, 2013 06:07pm

This attack joins the long list of crimes committed by the terrorists against the innocent people of the region. It is safe to say that no one is spared from these attacks. These terrorists do not even spare little children, elderly or women. How do you justify targeting little children? You just can

SHeharyar Sep 05, 2013 06:07pm

May allah rest their souls in peace...It is too sad to see terorrists attacking children in their bombings....they cant be muslims at all..shameful..

Sayeed Altaf Hussein Sep 05, 2013 06:15pm

I don

Imran A. Sep 05, 2013 10:40pm

There needs to be an army operation in Bannu area too. Please somebody do something!

Aftab Kenneth Wilson Sep 06, 2013 12:28am

And the government wants consensus to negotiate with these beasts. They love shooting so show them your strength and that is it.

AJ Sep 06, 2013 04:33am

@Blazer_UK: Yes agreed, Pakistan won't be just here come 2030 as the Capital city of Pakistan then will be New Dehli and borders of Pakistan will be much wider.

Mia Sep 06, 2013 04:46am

What I do not understand is that with all the spy satellites in the sky,the absence of an armament factory owned and operated by the culprits, that it is not known where the culprits are getting their explosives and arms. Is it possible that the very people who are supposedly trying to stamp this menace out are also supplying the arms for monetary gain (perhaps heroin)?

Yawar Sep 06, 2013 06:29am

Shame on you for attacking young girls