Pak Taliban threaten to destroy schools
The Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday threatened to destroy all the schools in a region of northwest Pakistan if government troops did not leave the area within three days.
The militants gave Pakistan an ultimatum to end military operations in the tribal area of Bajaur or face a "massive attack" on the main town of Khar, Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) spokesman Maulvi Omar told AFP.
"After three days we will spare no school in Bajaur and attacks on schools will be launched in other tribal districts in the next phase," Omar said by telephone.
A separate announcement would be made shortly about targeting government buildings, power lines and even hospitals, he added.
Islamic militants in Pakistan's northwestern Swat valley have blown up more than 170 schools in the past two years as part of a violent campaign to enforce their repressive brand of Islamic Sharia law.