PESHAWAR, 29 October: Six  suspected militants trying to climb the boundary wall of a government girls high school in Shabaqadar area of Charsadda district, ran away after the school guard opened fire on them , a high ranking police officer told TNN on Thursday.

District Police Officer(DPO) Charsadda, Shafiullah said that six militants carrying knife and daggers tried to cross the boundary of the school in Mardana village of Shabqadar on Thursday noon but the timely firing by the security guard forced the attackers to flee the area.

Nazakat, a school teacher told TNN that “two men holding knives in hands had climbed the boundary wall of the school after cutting barbed wires on top of it”. She said that gun shots fired by security guard and local people forced the attackers to run away.

Local people said that later the villagers and police came to rescue of the schools’ students and started aerial firing. They also conducted search operation to capture the suspected militants but no one was arrested.

The incident caused panic among the residents of Shabqadar. However some local people suspect that the armed men were not militants. They think that if they were militants they would have sophisticated arms and ammunition rather than knives and daggers.

Last year on December 16, militants associated with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan entered the Army Public School Peshawar and killed 152 people including 142 students.

On Thursday, Italian police handed over Usman, one of the suspects of APS attack to Pakistani authorities in Islamabad



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