Taliban Gunmen attack Pak School, 500 Students taken Hostage

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Peshawar, Dec 16: Gunmen stormed a military-run school in Peshawar taking hundreds of students and teachers in school on Tuesday, military officials at the scene said.

Military officials said at least six armed men had entered the military-run Army Public School. About 500 students and teachers were believed to be inside.

Heavy gunfire was heard from inside the school and some 35 children were said to be injured and they were being transported to the nearby hospitals.

"We were standing outside the school and firing suddenly started and there was chaos everywhere and the screams of children and teachers," said Jamshed Khan, a school bus driver.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed the responsibility for the hostage. According to an AFP report, the terrorists have been ordered to shoot older students at the Army-run school.

Pakistani security forces have cordoned off the school and started the operation to rescue the hostages. A day after 17-hour hostage crisis rocked the Australian city Sydney, this is the second major seige that indicated that similar situation can take place anywhere across the world.

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