CHILAS, Pakistan: The police has reported that the attackers who torched 12 schools in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) were trained in Afghanistan.
Since the terrible ‘terrorist attack,’ the law enforcement agencies have launched a crackdown in the region and so far have arrested 31 suspects.
The GB police chief Sanaullah Abbasi told the media that at least one policeman has been martyred while another was injured in a gun battle with the miscreants.
Abbasi added that a suspect, identified as Shafiq, has been killed in the clash while another one was arrested when police raided a hideout in Tangir area of Chilas.
Twelve schools – eight girls and four boys schools – were attacked by bombs and set on fire overnight on Friday. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and prime minister-designate Imran Khan also condemned the “shocking” attacks on schools.
Quoting a Pakistan newspaper, he tweeted, “Shocking & condemnable torching of schools in GB, more than half of them girls’ schools.This is unacceptable & we will ensure security for schools as we are committed to focusing on education, esp girls’ education which is integral to Naya Pakistan.”
Shocking & condemnable torching of schools in GB, more than half of them girls' schools.This is unacceptable & we will ensure security for schools as we are committed to focusing on education, esp girls' education which is integral to Naya Pakistan. https://t.co/lSlQDjSkeS
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 3, 2018