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UNICEF condemns attack on school in Chitral, Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - 1 October 2018: UNICEF strongly condemns the attack on a primary school at Arandu village in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province yesterday.

The small building, located in the Chitral district near the border with Afghanistan, is said to have been partially destroyed by an improvised explosive device. No injuries were reported as the school was not open on Sunday.

This latest attack comes less than two months after a dozen schools ─ most of them for girls ─ were ransacked and torched in Gilgit-Baltistan's Diamer district.
“Every girl and boy has the right to education, everywhere. The destruction of schools has a devastating impact on the right to education and leaves long-term implications for the growth and healthy development of Pakistani children,” said UNICEF’s Pakistan Representative Aida Girma.

“Schools must never be targeted, they must remain a place of safety and learning at all times,” she added.


For more information, please contact:
Catherine Weibel, Chief, Advocacy and Communication, UNICEF Pakistan Country Office
Phone: 92 51 209 7810, Mobile: +92 300 500 2595 Email:

Adresh Laghari, Communication Officer, UNICEF Pakistan Country Office
Phone: 92 51 209 7812, Mobile: +92 300 855 4392 Email:

About the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child, in everything we do.  Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. 



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