Pakistani Taliban disguised as army attack school in Peshawar, north-west Pakistan, leaving 141 dead – most of them pupils – in country’s worst attack in years
Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 141 people, almost all of them children, in Pakistan’s bloodiest ever terror attack.
The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the army public school, which has children and teenagers aged up to 16.
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.
Chief military spokesman General Asim Bajwa said 132 students and nine staff were killed, and 125 wounded. This exceeds the 139 killed in blasts targeting former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in Karachi in 2007.