At least 126 people were killed and 122 injured on Tuesday in an attack by Taliban militants on a Pakistani high school, a provincial official said.
“It may rise,” said Bahramand Khan, director of information for the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
He said more than 100 of the dead were school children.
It is a senseless act of unspeakable brutality that has claimed lives of the most innocent of human beings – young children in their school.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 16, 2014
The Pakistani military said four Taliban militants had been killed at a school they attacked in the city of Peshawar on Tuesday, and that they were searching for remaining gunmen. “Remaining clearance in progress,” the military said in a tweet.
The Taliban say they sent in six gunmen with suicide vests to attack the military-run Army Public School located at Warsik Road in Peshawar. About 500 students and teachers were believed to be inside.
Taliban gunmen took hundreds of students hostage at a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, and at least 18 people were killed, including 16 pupils, officials said.
A Reuters journalist at the scene heard heavy gunfire from inside the school as soldiers surrounded it. Helicopters hovered overhead and ambulances ferried wounded children to hospital.
— RT (@RT_com) December 16, 2014
The Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, a sprawling and volatile the capital city of Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, said the hospital had received the bodies of at least 12 people and was treating 40 wounded students and two male teachers.
Around four to five terrorists first set a vehicle on fire and then stormed the school building. A terrorist also blew himself outside the school auditorium, ARY news reported.
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani told Reuters his group was responsible for the attack.
— HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) December 16, 2014
Shocked at attack on school in Peshawar. Strongly condemn this inhuman act of utter barbarism. — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 16, 2014
The news from Pakistan is deeply shocking. It’s horrifying that children are being killed simply for going to school. — David Cameron (@David_Cameron) December 16, 2014
If the Taliban will try to wipe out an entire school, just imagine what they’ll do when Obama pulls out all the troops next year. — Brian Cates (@drawandstrike) December 16, 2014
Those who continually defamed Malala & friends for raising their voice against Taliban, must be thinking aloud if kids be sent to schools. — aamir ghauri (@aamirghauri) December 16, 2014
Taliban attack is retaliation for army campaign against them in NW. Civ leadership had given reluctant backing. Today might change that. — Kim Ghattas (@BBCKimGhattas) December 16, 2014
No more tears, no more cries, our heart bleeds.These Taliban r Devils.They should be wiped out without mercy.Monster comes back to haunt Pak — shahid siddiqui (@shahid_siddiqui) December 16, 2014
Don’t think Pakistan should end mourning in 3 days/restore flag on full mast. It’d remain so, until Khorasani is hung. For once! — Abdullah Saad (@kursed) December 16, 2014
Pakistan. No country for children. Wonder who the country is for in that case? Mockery of Malala’s Nobel. Shame and sorrow. — Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) December 16, 2014
My heart has broken.. The world failed those children in Peshawar … It’s a sad sad day. — Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) December 16, 2014