Pakistan: Another school comes under grenade attack, pamphlet dropped

A student peeps from the school gate to see if his parents have arrived to pick him up after the grenade attack on the school in North Nazimabad on Wednesday.—PPI

KARACHI: Another private school in the city came under a grenade attack on Wednesday morning, triggering fear and panic among parents and the school administration.

The grenade hurled by some motorcyclists at Beaconhouse School System, Primary III (playgroup to class V), in North Nazimabad’s Block-B, exploded at the boundary wall near its main gate.

The attackers also dropped a pamphlet there, warning the authorities that if the killing of militants in encounters, their execution and repatriation of Afghan refugees were not stopped, they would continue to target schools, non-Muslim communities and law enforcement agencies.

The school administration immediately after the attack, which was carried out at 10.45am, closed the campus as parents became panicky and rushed to take their children back home.

“The grenade attack appeared to be a move to create harassment,” said Gulberg SP Faisal Noor.

Some parents talking to the media complained that several schools in Karachi had been attacked since the Dec 16 terror attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, but the authorities had yet to ensure proper security at schools.

He said the motorcyclists could not be identified through CCTV camera footage, because they were covered by a car.