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Militant killed in Swabi encounter


SWABI, May 20: A militant was killed and two others were injured in an encounter with security forces here on Sunday, police said.

They said that another militant was arrested in the action.

District Police Officer Abdul Rashid said that the action was initiated in Salim Khan village on a tip-off that militants were present in a seminary, Jawaherul Quran, that was run by Maulana Mujtaba.

The DPO said that one militant was killed and two others were injured in the operation. The body of the killed militant and the injured were shifted to district headquarters hospital.

Sources said that Maulana Mujtaba along with two other teachers and 11 students of the seminary were taken into custody.

Meanwhile, unidentified militants blew up a government school in the district on the night between Saturday and Sunday.

Police said that the building of Kalu Dher primary school for boys in the limits of Kalu Khan police station was partially damaged when a bomb, planted in it, went off. Another bomb planted in the building was defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad.

The school is located near Azamabad police post. A police party reached the school soon after the explosion, which was heard in the far-flung areas of the district.

Police said that two improvised explosive devices were planted in the veranda of the school and one of them exploded while the other was recovered and safely defused.

The explosion destroyed the rooms and gate of the school. The school would have been completely razed to ground if the other bomb exploded, officials said.

“The building of the school has become dangerous because the classrooms have developed cracks. Students can no longer get education in it,” said a leader of All Teachers Association.

An FIR was registered in Kalu Khan police station against unidentified militants.