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Swat school reopens after tragic van shooting

Police constable emptied his magazine on the coaster van last week in Swat

The Sangota Public School in Swat has reopened for regular classes one week after the tragic shooting that killed a nursery student.

The police constable not only emptied his magazine on the coaster van but was reloading his weapon to do more damage, witnesses have told the family.

As many as 22 police personnel have been deployed for the security of the school, Swat DPO Shafiullah Gandapur said. All the personnel have been investigated.

Children and women’s rights organizations, including people from different walks of life, had expressed strong concern over the School shooting.

We tried to contact the school administration over the matter, but they refused to comment.

The nightmarish attack left a six-year-old nursery student Aisha dead and seven others injured, two of whom are still hospitalized. (The girls were discharged by May 22 when Aaj News received an update).

A school teacher was also hurt. Aisha’s uncle Hayat Ali told Aaj News that people grabbed Alam Khan as he was trying to reload his gun. “This was actually an attack on the entire van and an attempt to kill all the children,” he had said.

The injured include Areesha Abid, 6, Eshaal Abbas, 6, Naheed Wazir Khan, 35, Wajiha Ayub, 16, Roma Zahoor, 11, Horain Wajid, 8, and Maryam Shaukat. They received wounds in the lower limbs, upper torso, or face.

Constable Alam Khan has been arrested and booked under Sections 427, 320, and 324 of the Pakistan Penal Code and a joint investigation team is investigating, according to Swat DPO Shafiullah Gandapur.

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