In Parachinar, a district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, eight teachers from government schools were killed in two separate incidents, according to the police.
The teachers were reportedly targeted while performing their examination duties at Tarimangal High School. Unidentified persons fired at a moving vehicle on Shlozan Road, killing one teacher, before targeting seven more in the staff room of the school.
The deceased teachers have been identified as belonging to the Toori Bangash tribe, and were named as Mir Hussain, Jawad Hussain, Naveed Hussain, Jawad Ali, Muhammad Ali, and Ali Hasnain.
Following the attacks, an emergency was imposed in hospitals, and transport routes across the district were closed due to security concerns.
The local education board has postponed the matriculation examinations organized by the Kohat Board in Parachinar, which were underway from April 28. The police are investigating the incidents and have not yet identified any suspects.
President Arif Alvi condemned the killings, calling the attack on teachers by the “enemies of knowledge” condemnable.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif strongly condemned the incident and expressed grief over the loss of lives in the deadly shooting. He also prayed for the early recovery of the injured and ordered provision of all possible medical assistance to the wounded.
Federal Minister Sajid Hussain Turi also condemned the incident and stressed on the need for strict action against those involved.