Eight school teachers were killed on Thursday in two separate incidents of targeted shooting in Pakistan’s restive northwest tribal district, bordering Afghanistan, police said.
In the first incident, some unknown gunmen stormed the staff room of Teri Mengal High School in the Upper Kurram tribal district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and shot dead seven teachers on exam duty, according to police. The attackers fled after the attack.
Car ambushed by unknown gunmen
In a separate incident, a school teacher was killed when his car was ambushed by unknown gunmen on Shalozan Road in Parachinar headquarters of the same district.
None have claimed responsibility so far
No group or individual claimed responsibility for the attacks.
However, the incidents come just two days after Pakistani security forces killed Abdul Jabar Shah, a notorious Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander and two others and made several key arrests in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
After the brutal firing incident, an emergency has been declared in all the health facilities of the district.
The Kohat Board exam for 9th and 10th grades has also been postponed after the killings.
Massive hunt launched to nab the killers
The police have launched a massive hunt to arrest the killers.
President Arif Alvi condemned the incident and expressed hope that the culprits would soon be arrested and punished according to law.
سابق صدر آصف علی زرداری کا پارا چنار میں 7 اساتذہ کے قتل پر اظہار افسوس
دوران ڈیوٹی اساتذہ کا قتل دہشتگردی ہے، آصف علی زرداری
اساتذہ کے قتل میں ملوث مجرموں کو انصاف کے کٹہرے میں لایا جائے، آصف علی زرداری
آصف علی زرداری کی مقتول اساتذہ کی مغفرت اور بلند درجات کیلئے دعا
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