Bomb wounds 11 at Pakistan girls’ school

AFP-JIJI

A bomb wounded 11 people, mostly children, when it exploded outside a Pakistani girls’ school Thursday, a doctor said.

The blast occurred off at the end of the school day as pupils walked into a street lined with fabric shops in the town of Bannu, which has been a flash point for Islamist militancy.

Doctor Omar Zeb said 11 people were taken to the local hospital — seven primary schoolgirls and four other people who had been in the street.

Police official Azad Khan said at least four girls, two boys and a man had been wounded. Three were in serious condition.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Islamist militants frequently attack girls’ schools — usually when the buildings are empty in the evening or during the holidays.