Death Of Teacher Sparks Calls For School Protection For Pakistan’s Girls

 

Shahnaz Nazli was on her way to an all girl’s school where she taught in the village of Shahkas, in the country’s northwestern Khyber tribal district, when two men on a motorcycle pulled up and opened fire, government official Asmatullah Wazir told CNN.

 

She was transported to hospital in the nearby town of Jamrud, but later died from the multiple gunshots to her body.

 

“We have arrested 18 suspects in an operation to find the culprits,” Wazir said. He added that no one has taken responsibility for the attack.

 

The Khyber Agency is one of seven semi autonomous tribal agencies in northwest Pakistan along the Afghan border. The area has been a hotbed of militant activity in recent years.

 

The case has chilling similarities with the attempted murder last year of Malala Yousafzai, a teenage schoolgirl from Pakistan. The 14-year old was riding home in a school van in the Swat Valley, a Taliban stronghold, when masked men stopped the vehicle.

 

They demanded that the other girls identify Malala, and when they did, the men shot Malala in the head and neck. The gunmen also shot another girl, wounding her.

 

Reprinted from CNN.

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