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Peshawar School Attack: 141 people Killed, Pakistan mourns

Peshawar, Dec 17: The entire Pakistan mourned the death of innocent school kids who were killed in the barbaric terror attack in Peshawar, declaring it as "national tragedy" and vowed to root out the terrorism, the threat to whole world.

At least 141 people including 132 students and nine Army Public School employees were killed in the gruesome attack carried out by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on the Army public school in Peshawar. All the political leaders, civilians, all the countries condemned the attack expressing their grief over the death of school children, who did not return to their homes from the school. A total of 130 people including 118 students, three staffers, seven SSG soldiers and two officers were injured. The security forces rescued 960 students and staff during the operation.

The Pakistani Army launched an operation to liberate the school and rescued 960 students and staff. All the seven militants were killed and some of them blew themselves up. The panicked parents and families rushed to the school and burst into tears as everything was finished for those who lost their children in the attack.

Addressing a press conference, military's director of public information, General Asim Bajwa told that about 1,000 students and staffers were in the school at the time of the attack. The soldiers eliminated the last of the insurgents by 6:20 pm.

Seven Taliban fighters dressed in Army uniforms entered the school through a back door shortly before midday, police spokesperson Seid Wali said. They hurled grenades and fired burst of gunfire as they went from classroom to classroom.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called the assault on the school "a national crisis" and declared three days of mourning. He will call for meeting in the northwestern city near the border with Afghanistan with leaders of all parties represented in the Pakistani Parliament.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the death of hundreds of school children taking to Twitter. He asked all the schools to pay tributes to the departed souls by observing 2-minute silence. He called up his Pakistani counterpart and expressed condolence.

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