Peshawar, Dec 16: The world witnessed yet another terror attack in Pakistan a day after 17-hour hostage crisis brought the central Sydney to a standstill in Australia. This time the victims are the innocent school children, who were taken hostage inside the school today. Over 100 students were killed and teacher was burnt alive creating an alarming situation throughout the globe.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack describing it a national tragedy. Before heading to visit the attack site, he said, "They are my children. It is my loss". "I have decided to proceed to Peshawar and I will supervise the operation my self," he added.
He called up the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and directed his ministry to assist the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in handling the hostage crisis at Peshawar school. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Abbasi was also directed to ensure all possible assistance to security forces in the rescue operation.
The death toll may rise up as over 1000 students and teachers were kept hostage inside the Army public school by the militants. According to the latest update, over 100 students are confirmed dead in the deadly Taliban assault.
TV reports said that 126 were killed including 100 children, two teachers and one soldier. More than 94 students were injured in the attack. As the security forces continue the rescue operation inside the targeted Army-run school, 4 of the Taliban suicide bombers have been eliminated, latest reports say.
The attack is said to be "a revenge attack" for the Army offensive against militants in North Waziristan.
The heavy gunfire are still heard from inside the school. ambulances transported the injured students to the nearby hospitals. The panicked parents gathered outside the school. The scene was overwhelming and disturbing.
According to a student, who was freed, the raid started just before the fourth period was to begin. Firing was heard and saw some 6 terrorists inside the school. Speaking on a local TV news channel, the kid said that though many students were successfully taken out of the school, some elder class students were taken to an auditorium and told not to move until the rescue operation got over.
According to a local Pakistan TV reports, the terrorists entered the school by jumping the wall of a cemetery which is located in the back side of the school. One student said that the terrorists broke the door and started firing on the children. His teacher instructed all to lay down and not to shake their body to be unhurt. The militants even set a teacher on fire and burnt alive to frighten the students.
The responsibility for the attack has been claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. According to an AFP report, the terrorists have been ordered to shoot older students at the Army-run school.
The Taliban claimed that all the terrorists inside the school are suicide bombers and have been instructed not to harm the children, but to target the army personnel, the terror outfit spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani told Reuters.
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