PESHAWAR - Pakistani officials say the siege at an army-run school on Warsak road school is over, while authorities continued a sweep of the area.
At least 141 people, most of them children (132), died when Taliban gunmen attacked the school in the morning. The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the school, which has children and teenagers in grades 1-10.
Condemnations poured in from across the globe including all major political leaders and notables in the country. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif also condemned the assault and rushed to Peshawar to show their support for the victims and the troops partaking in the operation to clear the school of terrorists.
Three-day mourning was also announced by the federal government.
As darkness fell on the area, officials said they had cleared the school of militants. "The operation is completed," said Bilal Ahmad Faizi, the head of the state-run rescue organisation, speaking to reporters after leaving the school area.
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7:49pm - Shireen Mazari says 146 dead, 113 injured
Speaking to media representatives, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Shireen Mazari said that out of total 146 people killed in today's tragic incident, nearly 140 killed are children. She said 113 people including children were injured in the attack also.
7:32pm - Obama denounces 'odious' school attack
President of the United States, Barack Obama has condemned the Taliban attack on Peshawar school, terming it "odious".
7:13pm - Army hits back with 10 airstrikes in Khyber: ISPR
According to a tweet by DG ISPR Maj-Gen Asim Bajwa, Pakistan's military on actionable intelligence has carried out several raids including 10 airstrikes in Khyber Agency today.
#COAS in Psr:Based on actionable intelligence several ops have been put into action including10 air strikes in Khyber today-4— AsimBajwaISPR (@AsimBajwaISPR) December 16, 2014
6:42pm - Army chief in Peshawar, vows to hit terrorists hard
Army chief General Raheel Sharif has reached Peshawar and vowed to continue the fight against the militants until they are completely eliminated from the country.
DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj-Gen Asim Bajwa posted on twitter that the tragic incident has saddened that COAS, but at the same time he has said that, "our resolve has taken new height. Will continue go after inhuman beasts, their facilitators till their final elimination".
Gen Sharif said that, "this ghastly act cowardice of killing innocents clearly indicates they (militants) are not only enemies of Pakistan but enemies of humanity".
"They have hit at the heart of the nation, but let me reiterate they can't in any way diminish the will of this great nation," the army chief was quoted as saying by the DG ISPR.
#COAS: In Psr;This ghastly act of cowardice of killing innocents clearly indicate they are not only enemies of Pak but enemies of humanity— AsimBajwaISPR (@AsimBajwaISPR) December 16, 2014
#COAS:Extremely saddened,our resolve has taken new height.Will cont go after inhuman beasts,their facilators till their final elimination.— AsimBajwaISPR (@AsimBajwaISPR) December 16, 2014
#COAS:They have hit at the heart of the nation,but let me reiterate they can't in any way diminish the will of this great nation.— AsimBajwaISPR (@AsimBajwaISPR) December 16, 2014
6:32pm - Police say attack over, all militants dead
Peshawar police said that the bloody Taliban attack on Army Public School has ended, with all six attackers dead, AFP reported.
The assault on the school in Peshawar killed 131 people, most of them students, according to officials.
6:14pm - Another child succumbs to his wounds
According to DawnNews, another injured school kid has succumbed to his wounds at Leady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, raising the death toll to 131.