Pakistani Taliban attacks school kills over 100

PESHAWAR:  In a cowardly attack, Islamist extremist group, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan  murdered over 100 children  and injured as many in an army school in Peshawar.

Taliban gunmen took hundreds of students hostage at the military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city, and over 100 people were killed.

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.

The Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, a sprawling and volatile city not far from the Afghan border, received the bodies of at least 12 people and was treating 40 wounded students and two male teachers as the reports trickled in. “Many are in the operation theatre now in critical condition, undergoing treatment,” said hospital official Ejaz Khan

Provincial health minister Shahram Khan later told television that 18 people had died, including 16 students, a female teacher and a soldier.

The Pakistani Taliban,  fighting to topple the government and set up a strict Islamic state, have vowed to step up attacks against Pakistani targets in response to a major army operation against  insurgents in the tribal areas.

“Rescue operation by troops underway. Exchange of fire continues. Bulk of student(s) and staff evacuated. Reports of some children and teachers killed by terrorist,” the army said in a brief English-language statement.

Military officials at the scene said at least six armed men had entered the military-run Army Public School.

“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.

One student inside the school at the time of the attack told a private television channel: “We were in the examination hall when all of sudden firing started and our teachers told us to silently lay on the floor. We remained on the floor for an hour. There was a lot of gunfire. When the gunfire died down our soldiers came and guided us out.”

Taliban spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani told Reuters his group was responsible for the attack.

“Our suicide bombers have entered the school, they have instructions not to harm the children, but to target the army personnel,” he said. “It’s a revenge attack for the army offensive in North Waziristan,” he said, referring to the anti-Taliban military offensive that began in June.

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