Taliban militants in Pakistan have killed at least 126 people, most of them children, during an attack on a military-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday morning.
RT reports that there were around 500 students and teachers inside Peshawar’s Army Public School at the time of the attack. While most escaped, some were taken hostage.
Shortly after the attack started, the Pakistani Taliban, Tehreek-e-Taliban, took credit, telling CNN six suicide bombers had scaled the school’s walls in the morning with orders to kill older students.
According to the BBC, many of the casualties were the result of a suicide blast from one of the militants. There were multiple explosions and reports of gunfire during the attack as Pakistani security forces worked to free the remaining hostages.
A Taliban spokesperson has said the attack is revenge for Pakistan’s recent ground offensive against the Taliban in the country’s northwestern Waziristan tribal area. The Pakistani military claims to have killed more than 1,000 militants in its operations since June. (Video via Channel 4)
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai condemned the attack calling it a "senseless and cold blooded act of terror". The Taliban shot Yousafzai in 2011 for advocating women's rights in Pakistan. (Video via United Nations)
Calling the attack a national tragedy, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has convened a meeting of all of the country’s political parties to come up with a strategy against further attacks.