Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pakistan: 141 people killed, attack by TTP on army school

One of the worst terrorist attacks held in Pakistan Tuesday that killed 141 people including 132 children and 10 staff members. Seven Pakistani Taliban fighters (TTP) attacked on a military school in Peshawar city in Pakistan.     

Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder, reporting from Peshawar, said "most of the younger pupils escaped the school, but the senior students were not so lucky".

Tehrik-e-Taliban told to the reporters that they selected army school in response to the military attack to the militants. Muhammad Umar Khorasani told, "We selected the army's school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females. We want them to feel the pain." 

The attack was started at 10 am when seven armed people entered the school and started gunfire on the students and teachers. Security forces quickly reached at the scene and started the operation to save the people.

The operation was over at 6 pm and all seven attackers were killed during gunfire, according to the police.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said it was a "national tragedy", calling those killed "my children". 

Traumatized children who were lucky enough to escape alive recalled the bloodshed. "While we were being moved out, we saw bodies of our classmates lying in the corridors," one student told Dawn News.

President Barack Obama condemned the attack "in the strongest terms." "Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and loved ones," Obama said in a statement.

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