Taliban Attack On Pakistani School Leaves Over 140 Dead, Mostly Children

Members of the Pakistani Islamic Taliban opened fire on a military school on Tuesday, killing over 140 people—mostly children. The attack was carried out by members of Tahreek-e-Taliban, a group that seeks to overthrow the Pakistani government and create an Islamic state. A spokesman for the organization told reporters that they targeted the school in response to Army operations as “[h]undreds of Taliban fighters are thought to have died in a recent military offensive in North Waziristan and the nearby Khyber area.” Nine members of the Islamic group arrived at the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar on Tuesday morning with explosives strapped to their bodies. After scaling a wall and sneaking through a back door, they began entering classrooms and shooting randomly at students, as well as their teachers. Over 1,000 children attend the school, which is described more as a compound because of its high security measures.

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