Bomb targets girls’ school in Pakistan in first attack in years Sep 24, 2021 0 0 12345 dpa Islamabad A school for girls was blown up in north-western Pakistan in the first bombing targeting female education in several years, weeks after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.The bomb went off late on Wednesday night at the school in the town of Tank that is adjacent to South Waziristan, a region on the Afghan border that has long served as a base for militants linked to al-Qaeda.The explosion partially destroyed the outer wall and a classroom, local police official Mujeeb Ullah told dpa.No one was killed or hurt and no arrest has been made so far, the officer added. No group has claimed responsibility, though the Pakistani Taliban had targeted hundreds of girls’ schools in the region before they were pushed back in military operations since 2014.The shooting of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai in 2012 and an assault on an army-run school two years later to kill around 150 children were the worst Taliban attacks on education in Pakistan.The Pakistan Taliban follow the same hard-line interpretation of Sunni Islam as their Afghan counterpart but they have a different organizational setup.The latest attack occurred weeks after the Afghan Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, a development analysts say has emboldened Islamist militants in Pakistan.The Afghan Taliban have partially banned girls’ education in Afghanistan. The Pakistani Taliban have stepped up their attacks on the country’s security forces in their former stronghold regions near the Afghan border since the fall of Kabul.There was more than an attack a day including suicide bombings and ambushes in August alone. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Malaysia reports record tourism decline since pandemic started Sep 24, 2021 0 0 Erdogan says ‘not a good start’ with Biden, slams aid to ‘terrorists’ Sep 24, 2021 0 0 62 children died this year in Syrian camp al-Hol: Charity Sep 24, 2021 0 0 US Senate passes $1.9 tn COVID-19 economic relief bill Washington (dpa) - The Senate passed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on Saturday, scaling back unemployment benefits approved by the House and narrowing the number of Americans who receive $1,400 payments in an .. Turkish students protest rent hikes Istanbul: Several university students in Turkey have been camping in city parks to protest what they call extraordinary rent hikes in neighbourhoods near their campuses, drawing the government’s ire for their .. Vietnam protests China sending biggest warplane to disputed islands dpa Hanoi Vietnam on Thursday protested China sending its biggest warplane to disputed islands in the South China Sea in a move that Hanoi describes as seriously infringing on its maritime sovereignty and violating .. Taiwan files application to join 11-nation Pacific trading group dpa Taipei Taiwan has sent an application to join the global trading group known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Premier Su Tseng-chang said on Thursday. .. Teachers sans ‘green pass’ in Israel to be given leave without pay dpa Tel Aviv Teachers in Israel without the so-called green pass who also do not want to be tested for the coronavirus will be stopped from teaching from October 3. The green pass is available for those who have been ..