KABUL, 29 March 2011 (IRIN) – Taliban “supreme leader” Mullah Mohammad Omar has issued a decree instructing insurgents not to attack schools and intimidate schoolchildren, according to the Afghan Ministry of Education (MoE).

“In his message to a Taliban military council in Khost Province [southeastern Afghanistan], Mullah Omar said attacks on schools and students are the work of the enemies of Afghanistan and Islam,” MoE spokesman Sefatullah Sapai told IRIN, adding that the Ministry was not in direct contact with the insurgents.

An MoE statement on 29 March “sincerely” welcomed the Taliban’s announcement, and expected its “honest implementation”…