Pakistan: Taliban Attack on Peshawar School Kills at Least 130
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Dec 16
At least 130 people were killed this morning (12/16) when a group of Taliban militants stormed a school in Peshawar and opened fire. Most of the attack victims were children.
CNN reports that six suicide bombers raided Army Public School and Degree College, a school of about 1,000 students, most of whom are the children of Pakistan soldiers.
Pakistani troops responded to the attack, entering the school to combat the terrorists and dismantled bombs that had been planted by Taliban members.
Peshawar Police Chief Mohammad Aijaz Khan confirmed that all of the Taliban attackers were killed.
Injured victims were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment; according to provincial Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani, the number of injured was 182 CNN reports.
Military spokesman Gen. Asim Bajwa condemned the attack in a tweet, calling it “a ghastly act of cowardice in killing innocents.”
The Taliban are “not only enemies of (Pakistan) but enemies of humanity,” he wrote.
The school attack was Pakistan’s deadliest since October 2007 when 139 people were killed and 250 injured near a procession for exiled Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Publication date: December 16, 2014