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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.
O-Negative blood needed at CMH & LRH #Peshawar - Donate blood to save lives #Pakistan @Razarumi @PTIofficial @MehrTarar— Aslam Chandio (@AslamChandio_) December 16, 2014
O-Negative blood needed at CMH & LRH #Peshawar - Donate blood to save lives #Pakistan @Razarumi @PTIofficial @MehrTarar
The #PeshawarAttack is the latest in a line of atrocities linked to the Pakistani Taliban. http://t.co/Gz1YR2PGKB pic.twitter.com/nxYocrkG1h— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 16, 2014
The #PeshawarAttack is the latest in a line of atrocities linked to the Pakistani Taliban. http://t.co/Gz1YR2PGKB pic.twitter.com/nxYocrkG1h
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
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
#Psr Update:Latest;7 more male staff members and 4 lady teachers rescued by SSG.Closing up— AsimBajwaISPR (@AsimBajwaISPR) December 16, 2014
#Psr Update:Latest;7 more male staff members and 4 lady teachers rescued by SSG.Closing up
Malala: "I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters - but we will never be defeated."— Nick Schifrin (@nickschifrin) December 16, 2014
Malala: "I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters - but we will never be defeated."
One of the students of #ArmyPublicSchool says that the terrorists had foreign accent and were talking in Arabic.— Home Department KPK (@htakpk) December 16, 2014
One of the students of #ArmyPublicSchool says that the terrorists had foreign accent and were talking in Arabic.
This Lady is first in the row to donate her blood for the #Children of #ArmyPublicSchool #PeshawarBlast pic.twitter.com/egfnEuiPA9— Naeem Khan (@naeemswat) December 16, 2014
This Lady is first in the row to donate her blood for the #Children of #ArmyPublicSchool #PeshawarBlast pic.twitter.com/egfnEuiPA9
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.
Lawyers to boycott courts tomorrow to protest against Peshawar attack— Pakistan News (@allpaknews) December 16, 2014
Lawyers to boycott courts tomorrow to protest against Peshawar attack
If your plan of attack involves murdering dozens of schoolchildren, what exactly are you fighting for? #Peshawar— heather barr (@heatherbarr1) December 16, 2014
If your plan of attack involves murdering dozens of schoolchildren, what exactly are you fighting for? #Peshawar
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.
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.
Children are stretchered away from a school in Peshawar, where Taliban fighters have shot dead dozens of students. http://t.co/CgQegiwk9h— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 16, 2014
Children are stretchered away from a school in Peshawar, where Taliban fighters have shot dead dozens of students. http://t.co/CgQegiwk9h
Latest pictures from a school in Peshawar, where Taliban gunmen have killed at least 20 people http://t.co/BsZdYyt3CR pic.twitter.com/huv2MIzT8g— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 16, 2014
Latest pictures from a school in Peshawar, where Taliban gunmen have killed at least 20 people http://t.co/BsZdYyt3CR pic.twitter.com/huv2MIzT8g
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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