Assailants burned down 11 schools in coordinated attacks in northern Pakistan, police said on Friday.


The overnight attacks in the area of Tangeer in Gilgit-Baltistan, a region bordering China, have spread speculation about the presence of Taliban militants, police official Kaka Jan told dpa.

Jan said no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, in a region that has been comparatively peaceful so far, and police have launched an investigation.


Another police official Imtiaz Ali said, 11 schools, which were; burned down either completely or partially, were for boys and girls.

Taliban militants have bombed and burned hundreds of schools, especially for girls; in areas they once controlled near the Afghan border; before being driven out in military offensives.

Taliban militants nearly killed girls’ education activist; Malala Yousafzai in a gun attack in 2012 in her native town of Swat in Pakistan. She survived and went on to become the youngest Noble Peace Prize laureate ever