October 30, 2006

Pakistan Takes Out Madrassa

UPDATE!!!! Zawahiri dead????
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No link between Islam and violence alert. The Pakistanis attacked a madrassa, or religious school. Good on you Pakistan. In the country that has recently rejected calls to do away with the death penalty for women rape victims, it is at least heartening to see them still fighting al Qaeda. When it is in their interests to do so, that is.

AP:

Pakistani troops backed by missile-firing helicopters destroyed an al-Qaida-linked training facility in a northwestern tribal area near the Afghan border Monday, killing "many" militants, officials said.

The pre-dawn attack targeted a religious school - known as a madrassa - holding 70-80 militants in Chingai village near the town of Khar, the main town in the Bajur tribal district, said army spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan.

Sultan said the facility was destroyed but that it was not immediately clear how many people had been killed. There were no civilian casualties as there were no other buildings near the madrassa, he claimed.

The attack came two days after 5,000 pro-Taliban tribesmen held an anti-American rally in the Bajur area near Damadola, a village close to the site of an alleged U.S. missile attack that killed several al-Qaida members and civilians in January.

"We received confirmed intelligence reports that 70-80 militants were hiding in a madrassa used as a terrorist-training facility, which was destroyed by an army strike, led by helicopters," Sultan said....

A senior intelligence official in Bajur also said a local al-Qaida leader, Faqir Mohammed, who led Saturday's rally was believed to have been inside the madrassa that was targeted.

HT: J Summers.

Michael e-mails a follows up with a confirmation that at least 80 were killed inside the Madrassa.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:35 AM | Comments |