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    The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) voiced its concern Jan. 23 about increasing numbers of attacks on school buildings in Pakistan, and called for greater efforts to protect what are supposed to be safe spaces for children. Since 2007, more than 170 government and private schools, particularly girls' schools, have been blown up or burned down in the Federally Administered Tribal Area and the North West Frontier Province, reportedly by illegal armed groups. Several schools have also been closed due to occupation by illegal armed groups or security forces, or due to their female teachers being threatened, UNICEF said.

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