At least 126 people, mostly children, have been killed after Taliban militants gunned down students and staff at a military-run school in northwest Pakistan.
Taliban militants, likely members of Pakistan’s Tehrik-i-Taliban, have killed at least 126 people – most of whom were children – after gunning down crowds of people at a military-run school in northwest Pakistan. Two explosions were also heard on the school grounds.
Hours after the attack, Pakistani troops were still exchanging gunfire with the militants inside the Army Public School and Degree College in the violence-plagued city of Peshawar, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the country’s capital, Islamabad.
By around 4 p.m. (6 a.m. ET), the Pakistani military had pushed the attackers back to four blocks of the school, military spokesman Gen. Asim BajwaI tweeted. BajwaI over an hour later said that six assailants had been killed.
It was unclear, by then, how many of the hundreds of students at the co-ed school — which is for children of army personnel and has a capacity of 1,000 — were still inside, not to mention how many more were dead or alive. More than 100 people were injured, ministers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said.
“2 more children, 2 teachers rescued,” BajwaI wrote around 5:15 a.m. “6th terrorist killed in last block. IEDs planted by terrorists hamper speed of clearance.”
The attack, which killed at least 126 people, is one of the deadliest attacks in the volatile Asian nation.