February 2010 Lower Dir bombing

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February 2010 Lower Dir bombing
Part of War in North-West Pakistan
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan.svg
Location of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan
Location Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Date 3 February 2010
Target Girls' school
Attack type
Suicide school bombing, Mass murder, terrorism
Deaths 8
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan

The February 2010 Lower Dir bombing was a suicide bombing in the Lower Dir District area of Pakistan on 3 February 2010.[1] At least 8 people, including three American soldiers, died. Three schoolgirls were among the dead.[2] Another 70 people, including 63 schoolgirls, were among the injured.[1]


The soldiers were travelling in a convoy and headed for the inauguration of a girls' school. They were part of a contingent of approximately 70 soldiers training Pakistani soldiers in counter insurgency.[3] The bomb went off near another girls school in the village of Koto along the way. The Koto Girls High School was flattened, leaving the girls crying under the rubble.[1] The American soldiers were helping train Pakistan Frontier Corps.[4]


Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the bombing. They claimed that the attack was in retaliation of October 2008 attack by Blackwater Worldwide in Peshawar.[5] Pakistan arrested 35 people in connection with this bombing.[6] However a backlash against U.S. troop presence in Pakistan did not happen against some analysts predictions.[3]

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