Soldier on guard as parents leave nearby school with children

A horrific attack by the Taliban on a school in Pakistan has left more than 130 students dead and dozens more injured.

The pupils – thought to be mostly aged between 12 and 16 – were killed after several gunmen wearing security uniforms stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar. They roamed through classrooms, shooting children – many of them who were hiding under their desks. Local officials said at least 130 students were among over 140 people killed, with a large number of children among more than 100 injured.

Hours after the attack, fighting was still going on at the school after soldiers surrounded it and tried to rescue students and teachers who had been taken hostage. Officials later said that – after a nine-hour battle – the school had been retaken and six militants had been killed.

Officials said progress had been hampered by the terrorists laying explosive booby-traps within the school.

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