Militant siege of Peshawar school ends, 141 killed

Militant siege of Peshawar school ends, 141 killed
Pakistani army personnel patrol the streets following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. Taliban insurgents killed at least 130 people, most of them children, after storming an army-run school in one of Pakistan's bloodiest ever attacks.

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. 

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.

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.

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