The principal of a private secondary school in Ittehad Town was killed and several children, including his daughter, were injured after an attack and shooting at the school on Saturday morning.
Nation Secondary School principal, 45-year-old Abdul Rasheed Khan, was also the vice-president of Awami National Party’s district west. The school is located in Baldia Ittehad Town’s Rehmania Muhalla, considered a Taliban stronghold.
Even though it was the weekend, the school was open for its annual result day. A prize-distribution ceremony was taking place for the position holders and nearly 500 students had gathered when the explosion took place.
According to witnesses, a young man in shalwar kameez and a light beard threw an explosive device and then started firing indiscriminately. “The magic show was going on when the blast occurred,” said Gul Khair Ali, a school employee who was injured in the firing. “First we thought that the loud bang was part of the magic show. Then the firing started and then we couldn’t figure out what happened.”