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Two girls killed by mortar shell

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Students in a classroom. — AP Photo/File

LANDI KOTAL, Jan 1: Two girl students of a seminary were killed and five others injured when a mortar shell landed outside the institution in the Akkakhel area of Bara on Tuesday, sources said.

The mortar shell fired from an unknown direction fell outside the seminary in Gud Malang locality when the students were leaving the place after attending their classes.

The victims were identified as six-year-old daughter of Said Muhammad and seven-year-old daughter of Aziz Khan Zakhakhel.

Five other girls injured in the incident were identified as daughters of Zar Malik, Manduz Zakhakhel and Zakir Khan. They were taken to a hospital in Peshawar and their condition was reported critical.