The Taliban kills 132 children when the terrorist group invades an army school in Pakistan. The death toll ends up being 141.
The school run by the army is in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar, and seven militants are responsible for the storming it. Pakistan’s Major General Asim Bajwa claims the attack is over, and the gunmen are dead. One militant apparently took his own life by blowing himself up.
Muhammad Umar Khorasani, the Taliban’s spokesman tells Reuters the attack is out of revenge and says, “We selected the army’s school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females. We want them to feel the pain.”
The Taliban kills 141 people, 132 children, and injures another 121 students during the school invasion. The militants have attacked the school armed with guns, and fired off rounds at everything moving. While the Taliban’s storm is over, they are still searching for explosives while sweeping the area.
“There were about 1,100 students and staff who were registered in this school. Out of them, 960 have been rescued by our security forces,” says Bajwa. The operation to clear the school went on for hours after the initial attack. A group of hostages have been rescued, while explosions and fighting have been reported.
The Taliban’s invasion started around 10 am, and gunmen entered the school shooting at anyone. A member of the school’s staff Mudassir Awan says, “As soon as the firing started, we ran to our classrooms. They were entering every class and they were killing the children.”
The aftermath of the Taliban’s killing spree is horrifying, and it is the deadliest attack in Pakistan ever.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced a three day mourning period, and has gone to Peshawar to oversee the response to the attack. He says, “I can’t stay back in Islamabad. This is a national tragedy unleashed by savages. These were my kids. This is my loss. This is the nation’s loss. I am leaving for Peshawar now and I will supervise this operation myself.”
The Taliban claims the lives of 141 people, and 132 of them happen to be children. The attack is cowardly, and it is being condemned worldwide.