Taliban attack four Pakistani schools

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Taliban insurgents have blown up four schools in the north-western Swat region of Pakistan, officials claim.

The schools were destroyed in the town of Mingora despite a recent government pledge to reopen schools in the violence-plagued region.

"Militants blew up two girls schools and two boys schools," a government official told the Reuters news agency on Monday.

The schools are reported to have been closed at the time of the attacks and no-one is thought to have been injured.

The Taliban are thought to oppose the education of girls and recently banned female education in Swat, with more than 150 schools said to have been destroyed in the past year.

Elsewhere the Khyber passage used to transport supplies into Afghanistan for foreign troops was temporary closed after a militant attack.

Government officials told Reuters the route was later reopened after ten men were arrested.
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19 January 2009 11:29 GMT

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