HANGU - Militants gunned down two schoolteachers in broad-daylight in district Hangu on Tuesday, triggering protests against the killings.
At least 10 teachers have been killed so far in the district in last three months.
According to details, two teachers- Shamim Badshah and Liaquat Ali, of Government High School Gul Bagh area were on their way to school when unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire on them at Bahadar Gharai locality.
It was around 7:30 am when both the teachers were attacked. Resultantly, both the teachers got multiple injuries. They were rushed to district headquarters hospital but succumbed to their wounds. The assailants escaped successfully from the scene.
Shamim Badshah belonged to Hangu and Liaquat Ali to Hahi Zai area of district Kohat. Police reached the spot, cordoned off the area and launched a search operation during which at least 15 suspects were arrested.
However, police said one of the schoolteachers died on the spot while other succumbed to his injuries at hospital. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile, students and residents of the area took to street and closed down the main bazaar of Hangu, demanding arrest of the attackers as soon as possible. Later, the residents of Chakarkot area of Kohat, staged a protest demonstration with placing Liaquat’s dead body on the way.
They also blocked the main road for an hour. Angry students and the local residents also blocked the Hangu-Kohat Road near Alizai to protest the killings. The protesters chanted slogans against provincial government of PTI and alleged that government had failed in protecting people. The protesters were not willing to open the roads, however, after getting assurance from the local authorities that the killers would be apprehended as soon as possible, they opened the road for traffic.
This is not the first time that such an incident has happened in Hangu. On February 10, militants had gunned down three teachers when they were returning from school in Kach Bandha area. Three days later, another primary schoolteacher was shot and injured by unidentified attackers again in Hangu.
AFP adds: One of the schoolteachers was Sunni and other wise Shia.
Local residents said the murders had raised tensions between religious groups and they joined students in a protest and blocked a main road in the town.
Hangu lies just a few kilometres from lawless tribal regions, where militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda have carved out strongholds.