Pakistan school attack - as it happened

2014-12-16 10:54

The death toll from an attack at a military school in Peshawar, Pakistan, now stands at 126. Most of those killed are children. WARNING: This article contains images that some may find disturbing.


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Last Updated at 20:40
16 Dec 15:53

16 Dec 15:42
The final death toll is 131, most of them children, according to officials. People in hospital might still succumb to their wounds.

16 Dec 15:37

16 Dec 15:35

A bloody Taliban raid on an army-run school in northwest Pakistan has ended, police said on Tuesday, with all six attackers dead.

The assault on the school in the city of Peshawar killed at least 130 people, most of them students, according to officials. - AFP

16 Dec 15:00

A teenage survivor of Tuesday's Taliban attack on a Pakistan school described how he played dead after being shot in both legs by insurgents hunting down students to kill.

Militants rampaged through an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and killed at least 130 people, most of them children, in one of the bloodiest ever attacks in Pakistan.

Speaking from his bed in the trauma ward of the city's Lady Reading Hospital, Shahrukh Khan, 16, said he and his classmates were in a careers guidance session in the school auditorium when four gunmen wearing paramilitary uniforms burst in.

"Someone screamed at us to get down and hide below the desks," he said, adding that the gunmen shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) before opening fire.

"Then one of them shouted: 'There are so many children beneath the benches, go and get them'," Khan told AFP.

"I saw a pair of big black boots coming towards me, this guy was probably hunting for students hiding beneath the benches.

"Khan said he felt searing pain as he was shot in both his legs just below the knee.He decided to play dead, adding: "I folded my tie and pushed it into my mouth so that I wouldn't scream.

"The man with big boots kept on looking for students and pumping bullets into their bodies. I lay as still as I could and closed my eyes, waiting to get shot again."

"My body was shivering. I saw death so close and I will never forget the black boots approaching me - I felt as though it was death that was approaching me." - AFP

16 Dec 14:42
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned a "cowardly" attack by Taliban militants on Tuesday on an army-run school in neighbouring Pakistan that killed at least 130 people - most of them children. - AFP

16 Dec 14:40
Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has released a statement on the attack: "I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us. Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this. I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable. I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters - but we will never be defeated."

16 Dec 14:39
Dawn reports that some of the attackers have escaped the school. The gunmen reportedly cut barbed wire around the school building.

16 Dec 14:34

16 Dec 14:31

16 Dec 14:20
IEDs planted by the terrorists hampering the clearance operation, according to the military.

16 Dec 14:17
Two more children and two teachers have been rescued. Another terrorist has been killed.

16 Dec 14:16

16 Dec 14:14

16 Dec 14:14
People are lining up to donate blood at hospitals for the victims of the attack.

16 Dec 13:57

So here are the key developments thus far:

- Five to six Taliban men attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan

- The death toll now stands at about 130, including 100 children. About 120 people are also injured, mainly with bullet wounds.

- 15 blasts have been reported. Reuters also reported blasts at another school.

16 Dec 13:47
Provincial information minister Mushtaq Ghani tells AFP the death toll has reached 130, with a similar number wounded. The toll was confirmed by another provincial minister.

16 Dec 13:46

16 Dec 13:43
The Pakistan army spokesperson has tweeted that five attackers have been killed. Two more children and two staff members have also been rescued, he says.

16 Dec 13:29
There is a shortage of blood at the hospital where victims have been taken.

16 Dec 13:02
The death toll now stands at 126, say reports.

16 Dec 13:00
The Peshawar attack "is a senseless act of unspeakable brutality," Indian PM Narendra Modi says.

16 Dec 12:46
A plainclothes security officer escorts students rescued from a nearby school during the Taliban attack. (Mohammad Sajjad, AP)

16 Dec 12:45
Many students were shot in the head, say reports.

16 Dec 12:44

16 Dec 12:37
Explosions have been heard at another high school, reports Reuters.

16 Dec 12:34

One hundred and twenty-two children are being treated in hospitals in Peshawar, an official has told the BBC. He also says about the same number have been killed in the attack.

A witness says: We hid under tables but they kept firing.

16 Dec 12:25
Five or six men were involved in the attack, says BBC News.

16 Dec 12:15

At least 95 people including 82 children were killed Tuesday when Taliban militants stormed an army-run school in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, hospital officials said.  

The Lady Reading hospital received 26 bodies including 23 students, according to Jamil Shah, a spokesperson.  

A report by the Combined Military Hospital seen by AFP said the bodies of 69 non-militants were there, including 59 students.

A Reuters reporter quotes an official as saying some children are still in the school being held hostage.

16 Dec 12:08
This from a Pakistani official on BBC News: Three of the attackers has been killed, one blew himself up and reports that one is still hiding in the school which is quite big and has many corridors.

16 Dec 12:05
Most students at the school would be aged 16 or under. As soon as kids heard shooting they began scampering.

16 Dec 12:04
Taliban gunmen apparently went from room to room, firing.The toll still stands at 84 officially though another news source said about 104 people had been killed.

16 Dec 11:57
"It's horrifying that children are being killed simply for going to school," says British Prime Minister David Cameron. 

16 Dec 11:44
Pakistan Taliban: The army targets our families, we want them to feel our pain.

16 Dec 11:41

16 Dec 11:38
Hospital security guards carry a student injured in the attack. (Mohammad Sajjad, AP)

16 Dec 11:18
Getting conflicting numbers on those killed, everywhere from 21 to 84, from local and international news organisations. 

16 Dec 10:54

16 Dec 10:54

Peshawar - Twelve people have died and a further 28 students injured after Taliban gunmen took hundreds of students and teachers hostage on Tuesday in the northwestern city of Peshawar, military officials said.

Sky News has reported that at least 20 people have been killed.

This number may rise as this is a developing story.The Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar said the hospital had received the bodies of a number of students and was treating close to 28 injured students and two male teachers.

"Many are in the operation theatre now in critical condition, undergoing treatment," said hospital official Ejaz Khan. Military officials at the scene said at least six armed men had entered the military-run Army Public School. About 500 students and teachers were believed to be inside.

A Reuters journalist at the scene heard heavy gunfire from inside the school as soldiers surrounded it.

Helicopters swooped overhead and a fleet of ambulances ferried wounded children to hospital.

"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.

A teacher said that the attackers targeted the school while exams were taking place.

"After half an hour of the attack, the army came and sealed the school," a teacher told a private television channel outside the besieged school.

"We were in the examination hall when the attack took place," he said. "Now the army men are clearing the classes one by one."

Taliban spokesperson 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 an anti-Taliban military offensive that began in June. - Reuters

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