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Peshawar school attack: Over 100 children among 126 dead in Taliban attack, 122 injured


Peshawar (Dec. 16, 2014): 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."

"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."

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.

"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.