100 Killed As Taliban Storms Pakistan Army School and Hold 500 Students Hostage
The Taliban has conducted a suicide attack on an army run school in Peshawar, Pakistan where there are reports that at least 100 people, mostly children, were killed. There are reports that about 50 to 60 students are wounded in the Taliban attack. It is believed that six Taliban insurgents in military uniforms entered the Peshawar Army Public school from a graveyard near the back gate of the school after torching a vehicle.
There are as many as 500 students and teachers in the Army Public School in Peshawar and they have now been held hostage by the Taliban insurgents. The military spokesperson is saying that at least eight armed men have entered the school premises. All the reports are sketchy at the moment. The Pakistani Taliban insurgents entered the school and started shooting randomly. The journalists in the area say that they heard heavy gunfire from inside the school after soldiers surrounded the school.
Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the school attack and a TTP spokesperson has said that this attack is a revenge for the army offensive in North Waziristan. A senior military official said that television footage of the building shows the terrorists taking positions after storming inside the school building.
A senior police official has said that many of the wounded children and teachers were received at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. The hospital sources have also confirmed that an Army soldier has lost his life in the fierce battle with the Taliban.
TTP spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani has told AFP that there were six militants that include suicide attackers and target killers. The insurgents have been ordered to shoot the older students, but not to shoot children. He also said that, “This attack is a response to Zarb-e-Azab and the killing of Taliban fighters and harassing their families.” The offensive by the military is reported to have killed more than 1,600 militants.
Three of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistani militants have been killed in the firing and as many as 104 have so far been reported killed, which mainly includes children and a few teachers and army soldiers. The students and teachers are said to be held hostage by terrorists in the school auditorium.
The Pakistani security forces have cordoned off the school and are now indulged in gun battle with the terrorists. The Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has directed all civil and military security agencies to take special efforts to rescue everyone held hostage in the school safely.