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Two killed, schools flattened in Peshawar blasts

January 05, 2013

PESHAWAR, Jan 4: Two suspected militants were killed and as many schools destroyed in four blasts in various parts of Peshawar on Friday, while officials defused a 12 kilogramme bomb.

Rural circle SP Mohammad Javaid Khan said that two suspected militants were killed when a heavy bomb they were planting under a power pylon near Gula Khan Bagh area along border of Khyber Agency went off accidentally.

Police said that body of one of them had been shifted to Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar.

Another official said that unknown militants blew up a government high school for boys in Mera Mashokhel in small hours of Friday, extensively damaging its building. They said that three rooms, boundary wall and veranda of the school had been destroyed, while cracks appeared in rest of the building.

Quoting local people, the official said that five men armed with Kalashnikovs and hand grenades planted explosives in the building, which went off after the midnight.

In another such attack, militants blew up a private educational institution, Star Public School, in Hassan Ghari on Friday evening. An official of Michini Gate police said that a bomb was planted under a wall which destroyed a portion of the building.

The fourth blast took place at Mathra where a boy identified as Samiullah Khan sustained injuries. Mathra police said that it was a cylinder blast and condition of the injured boy was stable.

POLICE POST ATTACKED: A group of suspected militants using heavy weapons  attacked a police post at Mera Mattani, but police thwarted their attempt to reach the building.

“We also used light and heavy arms and repulsed the attackers,” an official said.

BOMB DEFUSED:  A 12 kg explosive device planted in canister was defused by bomb disposal unit at Mashokhel. An official said that the bomb had been planted to target police patrol.