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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Peshawar live: Over 100 children among 126 dead in Taliban attack in Pakistan, 122 injured 12-16

Peshawar live: Over 100 children among 126 dead in Taliban attack in Pakistan,

 122 injured

The Taliban attacked a military-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday,
 killing over 100 students, because they wanted revenge for the Pakistani
 military targeting their own families, a spokesman said.
"We selected the army's school for the attack because the government is 
targeting our families and females," said Taliban spokesman 
Muhammad Umar Khorasani. "We want them to feel the pain."
Schoolchildren being rushed to hospital in Peshawar after Taliban's deadly attack.
"In CMH (Combined Military Hospital) there are around 60 and there are 24 dead in Lady Reading (hospital)," Pervaiz Khattak, chief minister of the
 province where Peshawar is located, told local television channels. 
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has left for Peshawar to supervise operation. According to Reuters, Pakistan Taliban has said,"We targeted 
school because army targets our families, we want them to feel our pain." 

Police officer Javed Khan says the gunmen entered the school on Tuesday morning. He says army commandos quickly arrived at the scene and
 exchanged fire with the gunmen. 

Pakistani television showed soldiers surrounding the area and 
pushing people back.
Peshawar has been the target of frequent militant attacks in the past.
Military officials at the scene said at least six armed men had entered 
the military-run Army Public School. 

"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 spokesman 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.

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