“Education is the fundamental right of every girl and boy, everywhere”, pressured Aida Girma, UNICEF’s Representative within the nation. “Schools must never be targeted”.
According to information stories, the deadly blast focused the Jamia Zubairia non secular college, or madrassa, within the Dir Colony Area of Peshawar, whereas college students had been finding out.
We stand collectively in shock & grief after the heinous assault immediately on Jamia Zubairia madrassah, Peshawar, the place youngsters take lessons. We are appalled by this assault on youngsters whereas they had been in a spot of prayer & studying.
Our ideas are with the victims and their households
— United Nations Pakistan (@UNinPak) October 27, 2020
Latest stories point out that greater than 130 had been injured, and that a lot of the 500 or so college students who had gathered for a lecture on the college, had been between 20 and 30 years outdated.
Ms. Girma underscored that faculties “must remain safe learning environments at all times to protect the growth and healthy development of children, adolescents and young people”.
UN Office joins nation ‘in shock and grief’
“We stand together in shock and grief after the heinous attack today on Jamia Zubairia madrassah, Peshawar, where children take classes”, tweeted the UN Office in Pakistan.
“We are appalled by this attack on children while they were in a place of prayer and learning”, it added, providing condolences to the victims and their households.
Peshawar is the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, bordering Afghanistan. No group has thus far claimed that it carried out the assault.
According to information stories, the Pakistan Taliban group has launched a press release denying any involvement, condemning the concentrating on of a non secular college as a “reprehensible act”.
This newest incursion comes two days after a bombing within the south-western metropolis of Quetta killed three individuals.
UNICEF famous that in 2018, there have been a string of assaults on a dozen largely women’ faculties in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan’s Diamer district and a faculty was additionally focused in Chitra.
In December 2014, overseas terrorist fighters attacked the Army Public School in Peshwar, killing almost 150 workers and kids.