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Pakistani Girls Hearing, But Not Heeding, Taliban Warnings

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Children cried and shook uncontrollably at the sight of the rubble and shattered glass remnants of their classroom. The Taliban had bombed yet another girls' school in Pakistan.

The explosion on November 15 in Swabi, a rural agricultural region in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, was a violent reminder of the extremes that the Pakistani Taliban is willing to go to in order to prevent girls from receiving an education.

The bomb set off in the red and white brick school complex was so powerful that it stopped wall clocks at the time of the blast -- nineteen minutes past midnight -- and left classrooms in ruins.

This incident is just one of many similar attacks.

The Pakistani Taliban has bombed hundreds of schools since launching a campaign to topple the U.S.-backed government in 2007.

On November 22, a police officer was killed and eight others were injured as they attempted to defuse a bomb planted outside a girls school in Mardan District, west of Swabi.

'We Are Not Afraid'

But while the Taliban's messages are being sent loud and clear, they are not always being received as intended.

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Pakistani Girls Hearing, But Not Heeding, Taliban Warnings

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