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Taliban Storm School in Peshawar Multiple Casualties Mostly Students

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At least twenty six people including 18 students were martyred while over 100 were injured when militants attacked an army-run school situated on Warsak Road in Peshawar Tuesday, officials said.

Taliban Storm School in Peshawar

Taliban Storm School in Peshawar

Five or six militants wearing military uniforms entered the Army Public School in the city of Peshawar, a source at the school told.

“There has been an incident of firing at Army Public School in Peshawar. Troops have cordoned off the area and (are) searching for the militants,” a senior military official told.

The militants took students and teachers hostage while exchange of fire between the militants and security forces is underway.

According to sources, 26 people lost their lives in the attack including 18 children while over 100 others were injured out of which 40 are said to be in critical condition. The injured are being treated at the Lady Reading Hospital where emergency has been declared.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak told journalists that over 100 children have been martyred in the attack.

Security sources add, that three militants have been killed during the rescue operation. Warsak Road was closed for all sorts of traffic while a vehicle was also set ablaze by the militants on the road.

The attack comes as the military wages a major offensive against Taliban and other militants in the tribal area of North Waziristan.

TTP Claims Attack

A spokesman for a faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the gunmen had been ordered to shoot older students but not children.

TTP spokesman Muhammad Khorasani told there were six attackers. “They include target killers and suicide attackers. They have been ordered to shoot the older students but not the children,” he said.

Eye-witness Accounts

Speaking to Geo News students who were being treated at the hospital said, “We were being given first-aid training by officers from CMH, they had only just begun the introduction, when we heard loud sounds,” he added, “I saw three men, I didn’t see anyone else, we all lay down on the ground and they continued to fire for nearly 30-minutes shooting students.”

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