Schools in Baghdad have added blast walls and posted security guards outside, the killing of five teachers last week signals the start of a new trend in Iraq's insurgency.
The attack south of the capital has left parents fearful for their children's safety at school while teachers worry such violence may lead students to give up their studies.
Rarely have schools been attacked in Iraq's relentless violence and while the victims were Shiites, most of their students were Sunnis, the AP reports.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.