Terrorists stabbed several times and decapitated an Afghan headmaster of a school in Qalat, a town in Zabol Province. The high school was attended by some 1,300 girls and boys. Zabol, which borders on Pakistan and is next to Kandahar, has experienced increased violence by Taliban forces. The headmaster was horrifically killed in his front yard in front of his wife and eight children. Mohammad Naabi Hushai, Zabol’s education director, told BBC News that he blamed Taliban militants for the murder.
In December, armed men shot and killed an Afghan secondary school teacher who was dragged from his classroom and executed in front of the school for teaching girls. Also, in a separate attack, an 18-year-old male student was killed by a gunman who had opened fire on teachers and had demanded the school be closed. Both attacks occurred in Helmand, a southern province next to Kandahar, bordering Pakistan. The terrorists oppose education of all girls and “government funded schools for boys because they teach subjects besides religion,” reported the Washington Post.