Three attackers reportedly opened aerial fire near two schools in the Shabqadar area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda district on Thursday. No loss of life or property has been reported as yet.
One of the schools was a public girls’ school, while the other was a private school.
Announcements were made at local mosques calling for help against the attackers.
Local media quoted District Police Officer Charsadda Shafiullah Khan as saying that the attackers had escaped from the scene after retaliatory firing by area residents. The attackers fled the scene on foot.
Sources said panic prevailed in the neighbourhood and a large contingent of police have cordoned off the area. Army and police personnel are conducting a search operation in the area.
The incident of aerial firing have caused alarm among area residents and security forces as the first anniversary of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School draws nearer.
The Dec 16 attack last year left at least 150 people, many of whom were children, dead, as TTP men stormed the army-run school in retaliation for the Army’s action against militants in the area.
A man suspected of involvement in the attack was arrested by Italian police and handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency earlier today (Thursday).