At least six Taliban gunmen disguised in army uniform entered an army-run school in the northern city of Peshawar killing 141 students (boys and girls including some teachers) and injuring many more. For several hours half the school was under Taliban control who went from room to room shooting kids as young as 11 or 12. All militants have now been killed by the army and police, but clearance of the site is still underway as militants had planted several explosives within the school and its compound.
Pakistan army runs at least 150 schools across Pakistan for children of military personnel as well as civilians. To combat Taliban's unending violence, military has been carrying out operations in north Waziristan near Pakistan/Afghanistan border (base of Pakistani Talibans - their group known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP). The coward killers claim this mass murder of children was a revenge attack for the army operation in Waziristan. Military operations will continue. Soon after this horrendous attack, the army carried out at least 10 airstrikes in Waziristan on specific TTP bases.
The government must declare at least three days of national mourning.
Source of images: Al Jazeera