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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Funerals Begin for 141 Slain in Taliban Attack on Pakistan School

The first funerals are being held for the victims of a Taliban school
massacre in Pakistan on Tuesday that left at least 141 people dead,
most of them young students.

Wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives, seven
assailants attacked the military-run facility in the northwestern city
of Peshawar, shooting children and adults.

Pakistani officials said 132 of the dead were students about 12 to 16
years old. Nine school staff members also died in the siege.

A provincial official said more than 120 others were wounded in the
assault. VOA Deewa Radio reporter Hameedullah Khan said more than 100
of the wounded were children.
Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, a Pakistan army spokesman, said
security forces killed the attackers and saved hundreds of lives in a
swift operation after the bloodshed began.

"They (Taliban gunmen) entered the school from the rear of the school,
by cutting and crossing the fence," Bajwa said. "And then they came
in, they entered the auditorium, where all the children were going
through an exam, and they started shooting them indiscriminately."

​Police said the attack ended around 6.30 p.m. (1330 GMT), according
to the French news agency AFP.



Credit: VOA News

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