May 7, 2018: Girls’ school bombing in Pakistan

On May 7, 2018 the Ittehadul Mujahideen North Waziristan bombed two girls’ schools in Pakistan and left pamphlets urging families not to send their children.

MIR ALI TEHSIL, PAKISTAN – What is it with jihadis and girls’ education anyway?

Thankfully, for the first time in our up and down history as a species, we recognise education as a human right. It was enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. And rightly so.

Without education children have a much smaller chance of success in life. With education comes opportunity, personal growth and an ability to make choices in life. Who wouldn’t want that for our young ‘uns?

We are all for readin’, ‘ritin’, ‘rithmetic and rights! (Photo: Afghanistan Photo # 52044, UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Well, jihadis for one.

Islamist terrorists hate education, especially for girls. The Taliban in Afghanistan are known for shutting schools and killing young females seeking to go to them. As are extremists in Pakistan.

On this day in 2018

Two schools for girls in Pakistan’s Waziristan Agency were hit by bomb explosions and pamphlets warning locals not to send grown-up girls to educational institutions were also left. A group named Ittehadul Mujahideen North Waziristan was behind the attack.

We will not tolerate to see grown-up girls going to schools in various areas.

From one of the pamphlets

Some 1,500 schools in that region were attacked from 2010 to 2018. That’s a lot of education missed. I feel for the girls.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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