The Punjab Assembly in Pakistan met today to discuss what they deemed “history’s worst act of terrorism.”
“‘We were standing outside the school and firing suddenly started and there was chaos everywhere and the screams of children and teachers,” said Jamshed Khan, a school bus driver.” —The National (Pakistan news publication).
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani quickly claimed his group responsible for the attacks, stating they are retaliation for attacks by the Pakistani army — heavily assisted by American drone planes — over the TTP controlled border city of North Waziristan back in June — one of their last strongholds in the area.
According to statements by Khorasani reported in Pakistan, the attackers were suicide bombers who were being instructed by headset from outside the school grounds to target army-personnel, not students — CNN has reported the shooters were instructed to kill students along with staff —.though young students were the bulk of those killed and injured.
“Pakistani Taliban spokesman Mohammed Khurrassani said [the shooters] scaled the school’s walls around 10 a.m. (midnight ET), intent on killing older students there.” —CNN.
Within half an hour of the attack the school was completely sealed by Pakistan’s military. By 4 pm — five and a half hours after Pakistani troops had arrived on the scene — after clearing the classes one-by-one, the shooters had been located throughout the multi-building, walled complex, and all of them were dead.
Gen. Asim Bajwa of the Pakistani army has stated since the hours-long attack has come to a close that 139 children and 9 staff have been killed, with 245 others injured — not including the reported six attackers.
“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew into Peshawar to personally monitor the operation, the PM office in Islamabad said.” —The National (PK).
According to reports out of Pakistan, the attackers chose the exact time they did to target the students while exams were going on.
“The PM has said in his message, the war against terrorism would continue till the last terrorist is eliminated. ‘Targeting innocent children is a coward act which I vehemently condemn,’ he said.” —The National (PK).
By Olan Thomas of CUT2THETRUTH.com.
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