Unidentified gunmen have attacked a primary school in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, killing the principal of the school and injuring eight children, police officials say.
“The principal of (the Nation School) was killed and eight children were wounded when unknown gunmen fired at school gate …,” AFP quoted senior police official Imran Shaukat as saying on Saturday.
Reports say that the attackers fled on motorbikes.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Pakistani officials put the blame on pro-Taliban militants who have carried out similar assaults in the past.
Militants have carried out numerous attacks against civilians and managed to spread their influence in various regions of the country, despite frequent offensives by the Pakistani Army.
Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Pakistan entered an alliance with the United States in the so-called “war on terror.”
Thousands more have also been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy in the country.